Saturday, 8 March 2008
the shop around the corner
for at least twenty years now i've had the pleasure of browsing books (and budget permitting, making the occasional purchase) at the delightful Matilda Bookshop. the location has changed from time to time, but for about twenty-five years Matilda's was run with style, dignity and grace by Nynke. from time to time i would discover an obscure title and decide it was a must have; Nynke would move heaven and earth and with only one exception (an obscure Russian history of feltmaking) find it.
last week i swung by and found the bookstore had changed hands. Nynke had intimated that times might be changing but it was strange feeling to wander in and see a new figure behind the desk. without Nynke's charming collection of ephemera, something one didn't really notice at the time but misses later, it felt strangely folorn.
wandering on i felt a small warm glow as i espied my book Ecocolour in the window alongside the latest offering from that most readable of Scottish writers, Alexander McCall Smith.