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What I did in Hay-on-Wye

Brother A and his wife S duly arrived and we first fortified ourselves with a cup of tea from the nice cafe in the craft centre by the main car park. Then we toddled into town to buy books. Or in my case (seeing as my To Read pile is as tall as I am), to not buy books.

Or at least not very many.

I mean non-fiction doesn't count.

Neither do books bought to replace those that have disappeared/fallen apart.

And neither do plays adapted from books that I've read, bought out of curiosity to see how the adaptation had been done. I am doing a play writing course at the moment, after all.

Non-fiction

Astrology for Dummies (miniature edition)
The Wordsworth Book of Divining the Future
Engaged Buddhist Reader (book of essays)

The first two listed above are for reference for the next novel to be written, the one about the magic FE college. The essays just looked interesting.

Fiction

Web of Everywhere John Brunner
Nice Work David Lodge
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett (I am embarrassed to admit that I've never read this before)
Trail of the Dead Jon Evans rezendi
The Bromeliad Terry Pratchett (replacement for Truckers, Diggers and Wings that vanished/fell apart)
Men at Arms (The play) adapted from the Terry Pratchett book by Stephen Briggs.

So we wandered amiably from shop to shop, catching up with news and looking for bargains. This is the first child-free week my brother and sister-in-law have had for 15 years. They seemed to be enjoying it.

We returned to the cafe for a nice lunch, then more book hunting, before our final visit to the cafe for afternoon tea with cake. By this time (4 o'clockish) it had started raining, so when we'd finished our tea, we said our goodbyes and headed our separate ways for home.

A good drive back. It only took 2 hours. Now I've caught up with LJ and rasfc, emailed the new expiry date for credit card to the hotel booking people for Interthingy (WorldCon) next week and now I'm feeling peckish, so I'll make a snack and watch a DVD before bed.
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