Thursday, November 07, 2019

U.S. "Forever And A Day" Paperback Arrives

The Harper paperback version of Anthony Horowitz's second James Bond novel "Forever And A Day" was released in the US just a few days ago.  I pre-ordered a copy a few months ago and it arrived in the mail today.

I like the cover too.  It's a bold concept with the emphasis on the circular "007" logo instead of the name "James Bond" which appears in a smaller typeface.  The cover is almost identical to the advance copy I received in New York in September last year, save for a couple of minor differences (for example the speed boat is below the "T" on the advance copy and below the "Z" on this copy.  There is also additional "Not for sale" text on the cover of the advance copy).

I'll try and scan this cover on the weekend and add it to the website.  This is the first addition to my collection in months so I'm pretty pleased !

Ps. Below are the two covers; advance copy (top) and this latest cover (bottom)

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Mountains Of Books Bookfair 2019

It's a wet and cool Saturday morning on this unofficial Melbourne Cup long weekend and I'm sitting in my car near the Ferny Creek Hall in the Dandenong Ranges.  The rain is pelting on the roof as I write this, having just returned from checking out the many books available inside the hall where the Mountains Of Books Bookfair is being held for another year.

As usual Meryll from Rainy Day Books is present behind her book stall, along with many other familiar faces.

When I entered the hall earlier I made a bee-line for the book stall I've had success with in the past.  The stall holder even recognised me from my Jonathan Cape - Moonraker purchase last year.  He said he had no hardbacks this year but directed me to his pile of Ian Fleming paperbacks.

Leaving him I briefly spoke to Joy who was sitting in one corner of the hall making Christmas decorations from unwanted books and sheet music.  I was assured no Bond novels were harmed in the making of these particular decorations.

I then worked my way around the other tables.

One stall had several nice Ian Fleming - Pan paperbacks...

And after asking if it was ok to take these photos of them the stall holder pointed to some Ian Fleming - Jonathan Capes and Book Club Editions also on her stall, as well as a Robert Markham - Colonel Sun first edition.

Unfortunately no new novels for me today, but I did grab plenty of photos from the book fair.  Here's a couple more:

The Mountains Of Books Bookfair 2019 closes today at 4pm and begins again tomorrow at 10am.  Lots of books for sale on a variety of topics and categories, as well as all these Bond novels.  It's well worth a drive to the Dandenongs this weekend.