The first Sunday in August sees a book market set up its stalls for one day of trading in the Dutch town of Deventer. This year marked the 31st time the book market has been held, and there were more than 850 stalls stretching a total length of 6 kilometres. I’ve been visiting it most years since 2004.
I didn’t have a big haul this year – just four small books: two “St. Trinians” books, illustrated by Ronald Searle, a first edition of Cabot Wright Begins by James Purdy, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, to remind me of the richness of language.