I went to Adelaide last week (about two and a half hours by plane from Perth) and was delighted to return home with another 26 vintage Penguins to add to the collection. I didn't expect to find nearly so many, as there was very little time available to pursue the search. I was in Adelaide to attend a Statistics conference, and that meant long days sitting through presentations (and a little stress preparing one of my own), with only a single free afternoon. It was fortunate, therefore, that the conference venue on North Terrace was so well placed with respect to Adelaide's second hand book shops, with six within easy walking distance. By skipping a few sessions each day, I managed to get to them all. And I have to thank the Caustic Cover Critic for his help in locating the better prospects.
There is also an extensive collection of (predominately) paperbacks housed at the rear of the antique market at 32 Grote Street, on the north side of the Central Markets. This is Michael Treloar's other shop (with the main one located on North Terrace), and it would be very easy to miss; there is little signage outside to indicate just how wonderful it is within.
Adelaide Booksellers and the Twin Plaza Book Exchange, both located close by each other in Twin Street, just off the Rundle St. Mall.
As much as I enjoyed searching for elusive Penguins, the highlight of my week was actually a presentation given by Professor Peter Donnelly from Oxford University on the Genetic Map of Britain. I don't know how widely this research has been publicised in the UK, but the results would make fascinating reading/viewing for anyone with an interest in British history, irrespective of whether they cared to know anything about the analysis of genetic data (although nothing I've read since explains it as well or as interestingly as was done in this lecture). The variation in human DNA has a strong correlation with locality, and one reason for studying these correlations is that they need to be taken into account in studies which search for the genetic determinants of diseases. But they are also interesting because of what they can reveal about the recent past. Archaeology can show the spread of ideas through time, but by analysing variations in genetic data, and comparing it with contemporary European DNA, there is the potential to understand something about the spread of people as well.
And, as always, the other highlight of a trip to Adelaide is their wonderful chocolate....
Vintage Penguins: books found in Adelaide
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Vintage Penguins in Oxford
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