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Friday, 29 August 2014

Now latest charity shop buy, JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

Over recent weeks I've moved from Michael Palin's Diaries to Ted Hughes' Letters, and now I'm about to embark upon my latest charity shop buy,  JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy.  I'll have a crack at just about anything really. The reason I bought it was I wanted an easy read after Ted Hughes.  I'd found his Letters pretty harrowing and given the state of the world at the moment (famine, death, disease, chaos, at every turn - or so it seems) I wanted some light relief.  The choice in the local charity shop was much poorer than normal - the only thing that caught my eye was a tatty paperback copy of Nick Mason of Pink Floyd's autobiography, but at £1.75 it didn't appeal, given its condition. Apart from that there was nothing but tired cookery books, a whole shelf full of Maeve Binchy, and a Daphne du Maurier which I've already got.  So, I opted for this - an immaculate hard-backed edition of The Casual Vacancy.  I hope it's an easy read.  The shop assistant told me it wasn't very good, it's like 50 Shades of Grey without the 'dirt', she said.  As I haven't read 50 Shades I'm none the wiser.  I'll provide a verdict in due course.

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