Oldies and goodies

Ice Station ZebraSeeing as we’re getting all nostalgic and historical round here this year, we at the Popular Centre thought it might be fun to dig around in the shelves and stacks and bring out some of those ‘oldies but goodies’ that might not get to see the light of day very often.

You know the ones I mean – the books you read as a kid (under the blankets, with a torch), or the ones you nicked from mum’s bookshelf (Peyton Place – sorry, mum!) when she thought you were reading the Hardy Boys; books read in baches on the West Coast during a rainy holiday; books that made you feel really intelligent when you were reading them (Leon Uris and Dostoyevsky, anyone?), and books that you read guiltily when you really should have been studying for that advanced physics exam.

Over the next few months we plan to bring out some of these old treasures so you too can revisit the past, renew old friendships, and maybe even make some new friends. Look out for retrospective displays of everything from early science fiction to classic 1950’s and 60’s romance (saucy or not), with a good helping of horror/western/adventure and even actual classic Classics for good measure.

Starting early next week, come and visit us on the ground floor at Central, and see what’s on display – we’ll even let you take stuff home. And if there’s anything at all that you’d just LOVE to chase down and reread, please let us know and we’ll see if we can find it for you!

11 thoughts on “Oldies and goodies

  1. Mo-mo 3 June 2009 / 9:57 am

    I think (or hope) that I am not alone in having swiped my mum’s copies of the “Flowers in the Attic” books when I was younger. Guilty pleasure indeed.
    Quite unrelatedly that “Ice station Zebra” cover reminds me of a flat I used to live in. It was positively arctic.

  2. BookieMonster 3 June 2009 / 2:46 pm

    Flowers in the Attic definitely! I also remember reading some awful Jackie Collins one year when I was supposed to be studying literature for university – the only time I’ve ever read Jackie Collins, I just needed a break from anything I could post-structurally analyse with references to Foucault!

  3. kebabette 4 June 2009 / 11:31 am

    Good calls! Also Harold Robbins. Lace by Shirley Conran. Oh and I really liked the Angelique books by Sergeanne Golon – Angelique was a blond vixen in revolutionary France who got up to all sorts of naughty scrapes.

    There was also this terrible book called Golden Girl on Mum and Dad’s bookshelf. The cover was awesome, I might have to ask them if they still have it … a blonde girl in tight gold running shorts at the starters block. Very 70s.

    All those fabbo books like “Strange stories amazing facts” from Readers Digest.

  4. library grrl 5 June 2009 / 1:23 pm

    Virginia Andrews, Jean Auel, Danielle Steele, Jackie Collins …

  5. Joycie 7 June 2009 / 7:56 pm

    I liked reading Dad’s Desmond Bagley thrillers and Mum’s Agatha Christie novels, although she wouldn’t let me read the Parker Pyne stories. I’m not sure what pit of depravity she thought Parker Pyne would lead me to.
    Lace was sooooo naughty, I blush to recall!

  6. lynne 8 June 2009 / 10:39 am

    Anything by Desmond Bagley or Berkeley Mather, adventurous real-bloke stuff. Early Wilbur Smith, Kyle Onstott and Lance Horner’s Mandingo series (seriously politically incorrect) and one of theirs called Rogue Roman which oddly enough started my interest in classical history. And also The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye.

  7. clurbee 8 June 2009 / 8:56 pm

    I think Isaac Asimov was my first “I’m sick of these children’s books, what can I read now?” raid on my parents bookshelf, which led to a love of all things science fiction for a while. I did try Flowers in the Attic but it never really grabbed me. I was never tempted by any of my Mum’s historical fiction collection or all those nice books by Catherine Cookson.

  8. Lynne 9 June 2009 / 11:39 am

    …Wait there’s more : the “Poldark” series, Georgette Heyer, Norah Lofts, Anya Seton, Daphne du Maurier. And remember those yellow-covered Gollancz sci-fi and detective novels? Asimov, Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Ngaio Marsh and Georges Simenon.

    • bronnypop 9 June 2009 / 12:03 pm

      It’s your lucky day, Lynne! First up on the display table are those very Gollancz sci-fi novels, including Azimov, Heinlein, Clarke and all their buddies.

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