After we'd finished piano-ing, we went to Metro and ate enormous sandwiches and laughed a lot, before going our separate ways - me to the Hodges Figgis sale, where I went mad and bought about five books. Which are...
Flashman by George Macdonald Fraser. I have been hearing good things about these books for years and years (I remember my friend Louise's brother and his mates all loved them when we were in school), but always thought they looked a bit too laddish or something. However, €3.50 for an American import was enough to make me give them a try.
Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson. Not only did I really like the other Atkinson books I've read (Not the End of the World, Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Case Histories), but when I interviewed her over the phone at the time of the latter's publication, we ended up chatting about Buffy for an hour. She rocks. And so do her books, so I'm looking forward to this one.
The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson. She was the posh Regency prostitute to whom Byron said "publish and be damned", and this is what she published. It looks very entertaining, like a rude Jane Austen.
Angels of Albion: Women of the Indian Mutiny by Jane Robinson. The awful title led me to believe this would be a "hurrah for the Raj" sort of book, but then I flicked through it and it looked rather sharp and funny and interesting.
Travels With My Aunt By Graham Greene. It was a gorgeous US edition of a book I've been vaguely interested in reading for years, even though the only Graham Greene I've read was Brighton Rock, and that was when I was about 17.
I love the HF sales. They don't do remaindered books, they do - for some mystical reason, perhaps the person on my f-list who used to work there will tell me - mostly American imports, of books that were also published here, so you can get some great stuff for very little. If you're in Dublin and you haven't poked around there yet, run like the wind!
I also bought a pair of sunglasses in Marks and Spencer (oh, I'm such a hipster). My big white ones that I bought in Boston's Alston Beat (was that the name of the shop? They had a branch on Newbury and another in Harvard Square) in 1997 are kind of knackered, and although they looked brilliant they were never great at actually protecting my eyes from the sun. So I got a new pair, and they looked cool in the shop, but once I got home I realised that the lenses are slightly mirrored and am worried that they make me look like a fool.
And finally.....I also bought one of those lightbulb oil ring things to scent my house with my Bpal oils. I managed to slosh far too much oil onto the burner and now I'm not sure whether the nice smell is a result of the ring's effectiveness or rather the fact that I practically covered my dressing table with the smelly stuff.