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  1. Culled!

    Before we moved house, knowing that our book shelving would be considerably less than we were used to, I disposed of many, many books. Of my own 'personal' collection of paperback fiction I kept all those of my favourite authors, those I had particularly enjoyed in the past, and most that I had not yet read (especially if I had actually gone to the trouble of requesting them as a swap on RiSi, or buying from Amazon). Well. over the last couple of days we have unpacked all the boxes of books and distributed them around the sitting room and bedrooms. The only space I had for my paperback fiction was a three shelf bookcase in my bedroom. I had sorted the books into piles alphabetically by author and yesterday evening I filled up two and a quarter shelves, and had only put away A-H. I could see that the remaining space wouldn't even hold my Ann Tyler & Rose Tremain books, so I had to do another serious cull. This time, because these were going to be books I would miss, for one reason or another, I decided that I needed to keep a list of those being culled, and that is what this thread is about. It's a personal list, like the yearly Booklist, but I'm happy for anyone to post comments on the books I have chosen to cull, or to post their own list of departed books. The Books: Kate Atkinson Case Histories One Good Turn When Will There Be Good News? Started Early, Took My Dog James Baldwin Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone Giovanni's Room Nina Bawden: Death by The Sea E.R. Braithwaite Reluctant Neighbours Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent Monica Dickens: Kate and Emma No More Meadows Alice Thomas Ellis: Unexplained Laughter The 27th Kingdom Michel Faber: Under The Skin Jasper Fforde: The Eyre Affair Lost in a Good Book The Well of Lost Plots Something Rotten Margaret Forster: Diary of an Ordinary Wiman Over Ray French; Going Under Graham Winston Marnie Fortune is a Woman Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter F.W.Hornung Raffles P.D. James Shroud for a Nightingale Unnatural Causes Maggie O'Farrel After You'd Gone The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Ian McEwan The Child in Time Arthur Morrison A Child of the Jago Hilary Mantel Beyond Black An Experiment in Love Ellis Peters A Rare Benedictine A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs Ruth Rendell Talking to Strange Men Live Flesh The Keys to the Street Phil Rickman The Wine of Angels/Candlenight Omnibus Peter Robinson Bad Boy Meg Rosoff How I Live Now Michael Sadler Fanny By Gaslight Dorothy L, Sayers Five Red Herrings Unnatural Death The Documents in the Case Muriel Spark The Ballad of Peckham Rye The Comforters Memento Mori Barbara Vine Dark Adapted Eye The House of Stairs No Night is Too Long H.G. Wells Selected Short Stories Patricia Wentworth Grey Mask Nigel Williams They Came from SW19