Since Summer has actually decided to pay a visit this year, OH, Youngest Child and I decided to take a quick jaunt to Felixstowe this week as it is our nearest seaside place and is quite fun for an amble along the sands, quick play on the penny pushing machines, and a bag of seaside chips. However, Felixstowe has another attraction for me in the form of this deceptively modest looking frontage:

Treasure Chest Books has been there for a while and when you first pop in, it looks like a small shop with some hardbacks at the front. However, it’s a little like a maze and once you start trying to find your way to the back of the shop you realise that the winding corridor with its bookshelves and offshoots seems to go on forever (as you can see from the pictures).




There is a large paperback fiction section and OH was kind enough to drop Youngest Child and I at the bookshop for a browse while he sat on the seafront in the sun.

Needless to say I was in search of Viragos as it’s at least a year since I visited the shop. YC is assisting me in my search (we trawl the local charity shops constantly, regularly stumbling across copies of “Frost in May” which seem to turn up everywhere). However. while I was scanning the shelves for green spines, YC noticed another little group of books which she knew would interest me – a clutch of second hand Persephones!! This is quite unheard of in our locality – the only Persephone I’ve ever found second hand was my copy of “Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day” in the classic version in my local Oxfam bookshop. However, there were a dozen or so here, all for around £4 – some even had their bookmarks!

So after about an hour’s browsing I was left to make some difficult choices, owing to the limitations of purse and how much we could carry. I ended up with the following Viragos:

Most £2 which is something of a bargain.

But I tended to err in favour of the Persephones as it’s so hard to find reasonably priced copies:

And I do love a pre-loved book!

Last purchase was a lovely old Penguin version of a Virago – The Dud Avocado, which I’ve been wanting to read for a while.

As you can see from the photos, Treasure Chest Books is the quintessential, old-school, second hand bookshop. As I said to YC, if the end of the world ever comes, just lock me in here with food and water….! If you’re ever near Felixstowe, I highly recommend a visit. In the meantime – I better get reading as I have a few volumes to get through……..