Recent book customers at Oxfam Wilmslow may have noticed brightly coloured postit notes on the end papers of our books on the shelves. We have been removing these at the cash desk, counting them and recording the figures. As a result, we now know that the most popular and profitable parts of the book section are the two ‘History’ shelves and the two ‘General non-fiction’ shelves.
These wonderful recent arrivals (and I’m looking in particular at the books by R W Brunskill, published by Gollancz) could probably sit in either section.
Professor Ronald Brunskill, who lived in Wilmslow until his death last month, was an architect and academic with a particular interest in the study and conservation of vernacular architecture in Great Britain. His books, as well as his teaching and research at the University of Manchester established him as a leading scholar in the field and enabled him to play an active part in the conservation of “cottages and farmhouses, barns and cow-houses, water mills and oast-houses”, through active membership of the national commissions, funds and societies that preserve our architectural heritage.
These three important books are generously illustrated with photographs and the author’s own beautiful drawings.
(This was the last post that our blogger was able to make. Oxfam Wilmslow greatly miss her contribution.)