Monday, 11 May 2015

There's Nuffin Like a Puffin!

At Churchdown Book Fair last month I spotted some lovely Puffin bookends. I rushed over to see if the stallholder was selling them and she was reluctant at first - mainly owing to the fact that they were being used to display some of her stock! I kept checking back during the day and eventually we agreed on a price and they were all mine.

Aren't they beautiful - not official Puffin Books merchandise but they do state 'Handmade in Devon' on the base.



These bookends and a couple of conversations on social media got me thinking about my abiding love for Puffin Books, both old and new. I clearly remember going to buy them as a child and they were instrumental in my voracious reading habits. Later as a teenager I moved on to the grey Penguin Modern Classics series, but Puffin Books have always still had a special place in my heart.

Anyway as a result of these musings and after a prod from Barbara from March House Books who writes so beautifully on her blog, I've decided to revive our own blog with the emphasis on sharing the types of books that I love - the ones that made me want to go into bookdealing in the first place.

If you want to share the books that you love with me please do make a comment below - I'd love to hear which books put a smile on your face, bring back lovely memories or make your spirits soar.




The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

8 comments:

  1. Hi Ruth, thanks very much for the mention on your lovely new blog. I’ve Google+ and Tweeted your post.

    Your Puffin book ends are fantastic. I bought some Noah’s Ark ones a few weeks ago, but I like yours much better.

    I’m afraid my list of ‘book loves’ is very predictable and very long! Enid Blyton (of course), all kinds of boy's annuals (my brothers fault), novelty books – pop ups and the like, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and others in the series, Rag Tag and Bobtail, the Kiddie Kut books with illustrations by Molly B Thomson, Monica Edwards etc., (the list would go on and on if I allowed it to!)

    I didn’t get into Puffin Books until I was older, but I do love them.

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    1. Thanks for your support Barbara. The Narnia books were one of my favourite series too!

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  2. Like Barbara, I grew up on Enid Blyton books. Puffin books are less familiar but they look like the ones I used to find on a community centre bookshelf. So that brought back some fond memories!

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    1. Thank-you Claudine, I really appreciate your comments.

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  3. Welcome back and reviving the blog. I love the bookends and enjoyed the Narnia stories too although only really remember the first if I am honest but I did enjoy it as a bairn.

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Lainy. You have a great blog.

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  4. Thanks for visiting my blog today Ruth, I really appreciate your friendship. I hope things are going well at R&R Books, very quiet at March House. Looking forward to another blog post from you, Barbara.

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    1. Thanks Barbara. Things are pretty quiet here as well - here's hoping for a bit more sunshine to cheer everyone up!

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