The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie (first published by Collins Crime Club in 1962; this edition published by Fontana Books in 1965)
The Kindle is Dead Long Live the Book!
For over five years we have waged war on the Kindle – all very tongue in cheek – but still as a town of books we feel it is right to promote the real thing which has a smell and a feel and a visual delight and a sense of past owners etc. We had signs up saying that Kindles were banned in the Kingdom of Hay and Mr Addyman wanted to train up a band of Hay poodles to use as sniffer dogs. They could discover contraband kindles which would then be confiscated.
With references to both Penguin Books and Agatha Christie our Murder & Mayhem shop in Hay still has some anti-kindle art work in its window. It sits comfortably above our Dial M for Merthyr mugs.
The cover of the Collins Crime Club 1962 edition of The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side.
- Out flew the web and floated wide-
- The mirror crack’d from side to side;
- “The curse is come upon me,” cried
- The Lady of Shalott.
At the end, Miss Marple quotes the last three lines:
- He said, “She has a lovely face;
- God in his mercy lend her grace,
- The Lady of Shalott.”
‘The Lady of Shallot’ by John William Waterhouse (1888)