Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The smell of old books

I love the smell of old books and papers. If there was a perfume called Old Books, I think I'd wear it. I'm in the process of emptying my bedroom because finally, after 8 years of living with its pink and orange 1980s wallpaper, we're going to rewire, plaster, decorate, and *trumpet fanfare* I'm getting a desk.

A desk of my own.

It's not quite a room of my own, but I'll take it (grab it, even).

Anyway, in the course of my emptying, I keep finding lovely stuff that used to belong to my grandmother. She was a fabulous woman who was ahead of her time in so many ways. Much to the dismay of her family, she went to university and studied to be a teacher. Below are some of the things I've rediscovered as I've emptied my bedroom.

School certificate from 1933.

What's not to love about a book called 'The Courage of Jean?' (And it smells so good, too)

Here is Jean (being courageous, no doubt).

Sunday School Prize 1926.


  1. What a wonderful looking book! You'll have to put up a picture of your desk once it's ready!

    I heard a rumour that there was a posh perfume that smelt like books but have just looked it up and found it is unfortunately just a rumour:

    This would be wonderful if it was real, too: :-)

  2. Loving the smell of books spray 'Classic Musty Scent' - I'm sitting here laughing at the thought of spraying it on a Kindle (think I might give in and get one for Christmas, gulp!).