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SA Partridge

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The simple beauty of the signed book

A launch isn’t really a launch unless you leave with a signed book tucked lovingly under your arm.

I’ve collected my fair share of signed novels over the years; although not nearly enough. I like to keep them all together on the top shelf, regardless of genre or size, creating a colourful jumble of memories.

Books come and go out of the flat, whether it’s because I’ve loaned them to friends or donated them to schools or charities (Nazareth House in Cape Town is always looking for second-hand books to sell at their annual charity sale). But my signed book shelf has pride of place. It’s a work in progress. Always growing, changing, spilling onto other shelves.

Sadly once I’ve read a book I’ll probably only take it down when I’m dusting or re-arranging. I had to come up with a different way to enjoy my collection.

So I decided to photograph them.








See all my signed book photos on Facebook.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    March 4th, 2014 @12:54 #

    LOVE this, esp as an obsessive collector of signed books. I now have three shelves' worth, and on really REALLY bad days, I take books down at random and read the inscriptions and remember working on them or meeting the authors -- never fails to cheer. Have been meaning to write on post on them for ages!

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    March 4th, 2014 @15:41 #

    Splendid post, Sally :)

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    March 4th, 2014 @16:35 #

    Thanks Ben. Helen, you should definitely write a post. :)
    This exercise has shown me that I need to start hauling books around with me wherever I go. I'm missing Kathryn White, Edyth Bulbring, Rachel Zadok and so many more!


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