A fairytale ending at Oxfam

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There’s a fab Oxfam bookstore on Botanic Avenue, Belfast. It’s light and airy, brilliantly laid out and sectioned, and always has something of interest.

I’m a bookworm so I’m in there often 🙂 Mr GLV and I collect vintage penguin books so I love to find unusual titles and editions with odd advertising.

I’m also a complete fairytale addict so today’s find, a collection of Hans Christian Andersen fairytales, was a total treat.
Whenever a new baby arrives to family and friends we always buy a classic book that will last generations. This is my latest favourite, a beautiful anniversary edition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Brothers Grimm http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0141343079

I grew up with characters like Rapunzel, Rumplestiltskin and The Dancing Princesses. There was always magic and mystery and excitement in the stories. Especially when read aloud by Mum. But, the words on the page were only half the excitement-it was the illustrations that really brought the magic alive.  Mr GLV  and I share a love of design-from classic Danish furniture to vintage tailoring, great shoes to Victorian architecture. And so it is with stunning book illustrations and that’s why I fell in love with this glorious book today.

It’s a 1960s edition which makes me love it more. Its cover is worn, it smells of old book! It has a girl’s name in the inside cover and it looks like it has been cherished over the years. It’s absolutely beautiful and it’s over 50 years old.

The illustrations are by a Czech puppet-maker and illustrator, Jiri Trnka. They are as magical and remarkable as the stories.
It’s now sitting on our bookshelf. I’m chuffed to bits and already relishing the happy hours ahead, reading and reigniting the long lost inner child.  Happy ever after 🙂

Rosie xx

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