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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Now for a bit of a dabble

"The Dabbler" is a great name and a great blog and one of its features which is close to my heart is the "1 penny book review" in which various contributors review the many obscure and half forgotten books which can be bought on Amazon for 1p or 1c.

I was most flattered to be asked for a review and did not hesitate in singing the praises of forgotten novel Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns. To read the review click here. To buy one of the 1p copies on Amazon click here.

If the promise of a penny book is not enough, I have attached a picture of Comyns to tempt you. May the rediscovery begin!


  1. Very cool! I am off to check out your review!

  2. That is a terrific pose, especially for a novelist.

  3. Fantastic review. I will no longer overlook one penny books :)

  4. Fantastic review!

    I just have to buy this book for its title alone, but it becomes more enticing with a review to accompany it.

    Buying it NOW!

  5. Love the idea of 1p book reviews. I've had lots of 1p bargains. Whatever did we do before Amazon!

  6. Mary (and everyone) - The Dabbler welcomes 1p Book Review submissions!

    More info here.

  7. What a great idea! I'll have to get thinking...

  8. I read this book. It was rather old fashioned but interesting.

  9. Since I have visited your blog and think it is lovely, really informed and interesting, so I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award.

    Please visit www.theolivareader.blogspot.com to find out all about it.

    If you have recently received this award, please still feel free to comment on my blog.

  10. Hi Hannah,

    The Dabbler is a fantastic site, another to add to my growing list of fab. sites, which makes me feel even more inferior about my own small efforts.

    Read your excellent review with interest, will be passing the link on to one of my fellow 'twitterers', who collects Virago books.

    It seems that these days, most fiction can be had from Amazon for 1p plus £2.75 pp, so The Dabbler, should never run out of material for that particular spot.


  11. Going to go check it out. LOVE the new layout!

  12. What a playful title - 'The Dabbler!' --- Off to read your review. Have a nice weekend;-)

  13. Dear All,

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and the dabbler and for leaving your comments...

    Zibilee - thank you

    Verity - and you

    Brenna - thank you

    Aguja - hope that you enjoy - what a great title it is!

    Mary - I really don't know...

    Mystica - yes Comyns's literary voice is very old fashioned but I rather enjoy the powerful sense of period that comes with that

    Brit - it is rather glam isn't it?

    Simon - I am *sure* that you would make a wonderful contribution

    Spangle - thank you so much

    Yvonne - you must not feel inferior - no way! The great thing about the bloggy world is the support that we can all draw from one another - and inspiration too. Thank you so much for your comment. I hope that your friend finds the book interesting.

    Marie - thank you - I have been feeling rather insecure about it so it is good to know that others like it.

    Fashion, Art and Other Fancies - it is a good title isn't it - hope that you enjoyed the review.

    Bon weekend folks!