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Remembered Today:

Their Loss My Gain


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In the chuckout box at the local library.....10p. This will never make Paul rich. Any body else find good tomes on the cheap.? Also two weeks ago got Siegfried Sassoon The War Poems again 10p. I'm sure Marina would approve. Regards Steve.

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Why is it always someone else and not me!!

Arm

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An original copy of "the war the infantry knew" 1938 very limited edition 500 copies only £15.00 !!

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I hope your "local" library was the Hornchurch one Steve, as I will pay a visit tp Upminster one !!

Patrick

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It sometimes annoys me when I buy a really expensive first edition and it comes with a big stamp saying Property of ***** Library and was chucked by them.

They never have stuff like that at my local library. Probably stuff on yoghurt making and tree hugging. I live in the borough of Haringey.

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My local library had a clearout and I picked up an original copy of "5th Army". In pretty good condition but with the library stamps of course. I persuaded the sales lady not to add the additional "Sold as Seen" stamp. I asked if they had any more and was rewarded with a whole box of shelf removals from the "War /Military Section". Nothing as old as "5th Army" but some really decent stuff and all at 25p.

Paradoxically, the books I bought were in many cases better than the books left on the shelf. One wonders why "Walking the Salient" was removed - unless they had replaced it with a new copy.

I just beat a local internet book dealer to the above stash. I had a brief word with him. He specialised in poetry and novels. He said libraries were a rich source for him and made the point that libraries are sometimes left books in wills but often just sell them- with no stamps. There were a couple of unstamped books in my box.

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A good number of years ago now my wife was setting up a children's library over here and wrote to various places asking for books.

Plymouth Library offered as many as we could take.

We went there and ended up taking about 200 - car wouldn't hold more.

They said that the reason they were getting rid of so many - thousands - was that they had merged with Devon County and so didn't need the same reserves and anyway, modern children would only borrow books with big, bright covers. The old-fashioned artificial leather covers familiar to the older of us, were just dust gatherers on the shelves.

Maybe adults are now the same or perhaps the British educational system means that today no one can read a book with more than two words on a page.

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I asked my local libary some years ago if they had a set of the official history of the great war? i was told they had sold it some time previously!!

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