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“Sitting among the discards of old books, I felt a flood of emotion”

t’s time for a book clear out. I’ve been avoiding this moment for some years, but (and I’m sure many readers feel the same) our house is sagging under a lifetime’s accumulation of history books, especially from second-hand bookshops. Arlington and Lewisohn’s (10p from a stall in Bath); (9 francs from a bouquiniste on the Quai Voltaire in Paris). The latter inspired me to write

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