Today's bargains in Kindle books include three of my favourites from last year: in non-fiction, Kate Summerscale's Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (post here with a link to pictures of some of the book's locations), and in fiction, The Messenger of Athens the first of Anne Zouroudi's Mysteries of the Greek Detective series (post here), and Suzanne Joinson's A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar (post here, and interview with Suzy here).
I've also snapped up my first Rachel Hore novel, The Silent Tide, on the strength of Margaret's recommendation.
It's not just e-books I've been buying, though, for I was in the St. Andrews branch of Waterstones for a little Christmas shopping earlier in the week, and the young man who served me was so pleasant he deserves a mention (though unfortunately I don't know his name), but it's that sort of service that draws a customer back, don't you think?
Diversification is a feature of many bookshops these days, and Blackwell's Oxford has another string to its bow by virtue of its walking tours. We went on the Inklings tour recently and enjoyed it very much, and I see that from tomorrow they are offering their Christmas Literary Walking Tour which includes a glass of mulled wine in the ancient inn in which Shakespeare stayed. I'll be back in Oxford soon, and while I won't manage to fit in the tour, I shall certainly pop into the shop and make up for the limited browsing/buying time on my last visit.