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Durdles Books will be at Novacon42 – Nottingham

Durdles Books will be at Novacon42 – Nottingham

We are very pleased to announce that Durdles Books will be at Novacon42, 9th – 11th November 2012 at Park Inn Hotel, Nottingham.

Novacon is the UK’s longest-established regional science fiction convention, held every autumn since 1971, and is organised by the Birmingham Science Fiction Group (BSFG). We have not attended this convention before and are looking forward to meeting with some of our customers and friends.  We will be located in the dealer room, and will have a large stock of Science Fiction and Fantasy books, with a smattering of Modern Firsts and other interesting items for the book collector. 

If you are planning to attend then please do come and see us in the dealer room – we will be delighted to meet you.  If you have not made your plans yet then visit the Novacon web site for further programme and booking details. You may also be interested in visiting the BSFG web site to see their monthly meeting programme here

Image from Novacon42 web site

Hope to see you there!

Cheers Ian

News: More books ….

In the last week we have added a further 50 books to our online inventory.  The newly listed books include a number of good Fantasy hardbacks, including some first editions. There are also some interesting biographical books, for instance about Graham Greene, or a cigar! We also have a nice condition autobiography of Jack Hawkins, the actor, which was published after his death, with the final (upsetting) chapter written by his widow.  Jack Hawkins was a very masculine looking actor who played the stage prior to the war. After the war he starred in films but is mostly known today for his character roles in successful films like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Lord Jim, and Oh! What a Lovely War.

I am currently working on a couple of future blog posts featuring a couple of interesting books (one SF the other an artistic puzzle book) that have come to light from our existing stock.  So hope you will check back in the next week, or two to have a look at them.  

We have also being busy sourcing some additional stock, the more interesting of which I shall detail in further post, soon. 

Have a great week, cheers!



We are open! Selling books.

Hi All

I am very happy and proud to announce that Durdles Books is now officially open. 

I really hope that you can get to www.durdlesbooks.com and take a look.  We are in the process of creating our inventory, and so the number of books on the site will increase over the next few weeks.

Please let us know if there are any books you are specifically looking for, we have huge un-inventoried stock.  Also let us know if you have any suggestions or comments about any aspect of the stock or site functionality.

See you soon …




Sad times at Durdles Books

It was with great sadness that we learned of the Death of two great men recently.

Firstly the sad passing of Harry Harrison on 15th August 2012.

As many of you will know Harry was a great author of Science fiction stories, often with big helpings of fast adventure, dangerous planets, and humour. I remember the joy of finding a new Harry Harrison story at second hand book shops when I was a very young man, as I knew that I was about to read an exciting tale.  I read Make Room, Make Room which had a profound impact on me, ensuring that I sought out other authors who wrote about overpopulation. 

Reflecting on this, it now appears that whilst still enjoying the straightforward adventure SF this was a turning point for me to reading a wider range of writers, dealing with the effects of technological and social change. 

We send our condolences to those who loved and knew him.


A full obituary written by Christopher Priest, can be found here


Neil Armstrong passed away on 25th August 2012.


There is little to say about him that has not already being said.  There is no accolade too great to express what he and his fellow crew members achieved in July 1969.  For myself, I have very hazy memories of a lot of people, my family, grandparents and some neighbours, in our living room watching either the actual landing programme or the news of the landing.  Neil Armstrong, not long after returning from the moon, predicted that men would go to Mars in the 1980’s.  At least he lived to hear a commitment from a President towards fulfilling that goal.

A full obituary can be found here

New Stock – Vintage Western Paperbacks

“He had a score to settle with three gunslingers, and all of Texas was too small for them to hide..”

We have a good quantity of vintage western papebacks that we shall be listing soon.  They are generally in fine order and mostly unread. They are all british edtions from Corgi, Gold Medal and Panther, published mid 50’s to 60’s.  So if you collect western paperacks then you will enjoy looking though our stock list at www.durdlesbooks.com

A small random selection…

Small selection of new Western Vintage paperbacks


Welcome to the blog site for Durdles Books – www.durdlesbooks.com

Thanks for visiting our Blog.  This blog is our fun way of showing our customers new stock, interesting books, making announcements and to discuss “life, the universe and everything”

Our main sales site is http://www.durdlesbooks.com/  We specialise in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Modern Firsts and Comics.  We also have a large stock of other genres and interests. 

Let us know what you like, along with your thoughts and views. Cheers! Ian