So goes the ritual: take [large] bagful of books to charity shop, return with [not quite so big] selection of new names & new publications to replace the outgoing. Less of a thinning-down than a freshening-up of the bookshelf, I guess, but at least it’s a dynamic approach. Latest purchases from the Oxfam Books in Crouch End, pictured here. Being [still relatively] new to north London, it’s slightly shocking just how many authors either live in, or write about, the area, I must say – well, not Mishima, obviously, but I understand from Twitter that Linda Grant is a local, for a start. I now feel rather guilty about buying her book secondhand and have vowed to buy more new books by Living Authors – especially if they’re my neighbours – and to better-support local independent bookshops. Though I expect the Oxfam habit will continue as well, of course.