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something I can never have - maybe

I've been trying to track down a copy of one of my favorite childhood books, The Night They Stole The Alphabet by S. Joslin.

It seems to be out of print, though I can buy a copy from Amazon marketplace for $75 - more than that if I want a copy in decent condition. How much are childhood memories worth? More than I can afford, apparently.

If any of you ever run across this title at a garage sale, used book store, library sale, whatever, I will be forever indebted to you if you pick up the book for me (if it's a reasonable, garage-sale type price).

Can't hurt to ask people to keep their eyes open for me.


It's still way too much at $40.00, but this place has it: http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=418316956


Amazon.co.uk has a couple of used ones listed around 13-15 pounds. I have no idea what the exchange rate would be, but I expect the overall price-including shipping- will be less than you can find in the US. At least, that's what I've found when looking for out of print books. Anyway, here's a link:


I also found $40, at bookfinder.com, which searches used books from lots o' places at once.

I sympathize. I always find it fun to find an old book I read when I was little.


Always hit Alibris first (www.alibris.com). The best you can do today is $71 - but in a few weeks one may turn up for $5. I got a typically $700+ out-of-print book there for $15 once!

15 pounds would be approximately $27.50 at the current exchange rate.

There's a store in downtown Manhattan..can't remember the name for the life of me...But they sell only childrens books and have a number of older ones and classics.

There's an "as new" copy on abebooks.com for $71. Another thing you can do is haunt ebay; I've found some real out-of-print and scarce bargins there.

Yeah, set up an alert on e-bay so that you know when a copy's available.

I'll second using abebooks and checking it often. I've had success finding out of print books on it at good prices, but patience is required.