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Sixpence House by Paul  Collins
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Dec 21, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: libraryread, loaned-out

A popular book at the local library, I finally got & read Sixpence House over the weekend. Paul takes his family to Hay-On-Wye, a charming Welsh village whose claim to fame is the highest percentage of booksellers per capita in the world. They investigate buying a house while Paul works for Richard Booth, the eccentric who made Hay-On-Wye what it is today.

It's amusingly written, part travelogue (if you can call it a travelogue when he doesn't really GO anywhere) and part journal, reflecting on both his past history as well as that of the town. I didn't realize that he was also the author of Barnvard's Folly (which was on my June To Read list, but didn't get read) until he mentions getting the proof of his manuscript back.

While I enjoyed reading the book - I didn't feel as if I got a lot out of it. Hopefully Barnvard's Folly will have a bit more meat to it. As for this book, check it out from the library or borrow it from a friend.

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