A while ago I posted an outraged rant about the excellent Virago Modern Classics 30th Birthday Hardbacks.
But they are lovely and everything? "Why the outrage?" I hear you sigh.
Well they were EXCLUSIVE weren't they...To Waterstoners...
When is exclusive not exclusive? When it's a Waterstoners exclusive dummy!
WE CAN SELL THEM AND WILL HAVE THEM ALL FROM NEXT WEEK!
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Now the "serious" bit - my 2p worth.
Waterstones sold all the stock they had very quickly. Hatchards had 20 of each and sold them all, re-ordered and sold them all again. These are (whisper it) Hardback books we are talking about. Not only Hardback they are "Classics". You mean people went out, in these crunching times, and bought Hardback books? When they were all available in paperback? When they could have bought them cheaper? WHY!
Have you been shopping recently? There are savage sales everywhere - 75% off. Nobody is buying stuff. But they bought these Virago classics? WHY!
Because they are great books. They are £10. And that's a bargain. All of a sudden that Primark top with the sequins stitched on by little children reeks of what it is - devilish crud. But good books are good books are good books.
Dare I say it - Books are worth paying for...