Small Plays About My Day

… tiny true dramas in a Charing Cross Road bookshop

Book Burning

Posted on | January 18, 2010 | No Comments

Young man in glasses: I wonder if you’d be interested in buying this book. I rescued from my mother it at Christmas.
Emily: I’m afraid not, we don’t really buy single books.
Young man in glasses: Oh, that’s fine, just thought it would be better than burning it. That’s what pensioners are doing now.
Jan: Yes, I heard that too.
Young man in glasses: Yeah, it’s great! Well, not great, it’s awful, but still.


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  • "In a town like London there are always plenty of not quite certifiable lunatics walking the streets, and they tend to gravitate towards bookshops, because a bookshop is one of the few places where you can hang about for a long time without spending any money."
    George Orwell