Letters – Issue 127

Downsizing We hear about the problems of empty nesters, but seldom the difficulties of the bibliophile facing the downsizing of their book collections and the heartache that can ensue. Jane Westaway’s “Cohabiting Libraries” (NZRB Winter 2019) is an apt, amusing and empathetic exploration of this other experience of loss.  She perfectly outlines the imperatives and multiple difficulties of decision-making. What books do we keep and which do we jettison? How do we make these decisions and why? It is not just the content of the books we have to judge, but what the book represents in terms of memories and

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