Helen Bach: The things you find at school book sales

Helen was surprised at the selection of titles at a school book sale
Helen was surprised at the selection of titles at a school book sale

“To be a good writer, you first need to be a good reader.”

Not sure who told me this, or if I read it somewhere, but I think it’s true (and, before anybody else says it, I probably need to read a lot more!)

Anyway, I was pleased when my daughter came home from school and told me that they were all taking part in a Readathon to raise money for children’s cancer charities.

Encouraging children to read – good;

Raising money for sick children – v good.

Everyone’s a winner with this event.

My daughter’s class also organized a book sale to finish off the Readathon and raise more money too.

I duly attended and purchased yet more books – not a great hardship, granted, as I love books and I can’t ever see myself switching to an E-reader.

One section of the sale had books for the grown-ups – with some surprising choices.

As my daughter was in charge of this department I didn’t make any comment at the time.

However, a couple of books caught my eye and made me raise an eyebrow as to who had donated them to a primary school booksale.

Sitting pride of place were copies of Jilly Cooper’s Polo and Riders.

Later that evening, over family dinner, I mentioned this to my husband.

“Yes” my daughter piped up. “We noticed that there were some books about horses for sale!”

Let’s be thankful for small mercies – it could have been Fifty Shades of Grey, which the children would hopefully have decided was a Dulux paintchart!

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