Bibliophiles may want to view the following scenes through their fingers, it’s the very worst of all horror scenes. In Hull, City of Culture, an author has stumbled across a skip full of books outside a closed down independent bookshop!
Author of Isolation Junction Jennifer Gilmour lives in the city and yesterday while walking home stumbled across these terrible scenes. Hardbacks, paperbacks and even some rare editions, all piled up, open to the elements in a skip in the city.
Gilmour wasn’t the only person peering in either, here are the images she snapped, and she’s now appealing for someone to save the books.
West Hull Books, an independent bookshop, closed a few months ago. It stood on the corner of Anlaby Road and Hawthorn Avenue in the west of the city and it’s outside this shop that the skip stands. So far the weather is dry, but unreliable at this time of year and there seems to be no firm plan on how to save the books.
The author has taken home some books from the skip, but the logistics of finding out who is responsible for them, transporting them, and finding a home for them seem impossible right now. However, if you do live in the Hull area, you may want to rescue a few homeless books yourself!
Jennifer Gilmour’s debut novel Isolation Junction (US – UK) was released last year and tells the story of a mother of two young children, an abusive husband, and a place she is trapped in she called Isolation Junction.
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