If the world is flat, as they are constantly telling us, why is it I can't get my hands on a book that has just made it to the Booker Longlist? The only book on the list that I'm really dying to read is Gaynor Arnold's Girl in a Blue Dress. (Well, maybe I'd read Joseph O'Neill's Netherland if it showed up on my doorstep.)
Girl in a Blue Dress is - if one goes along with the reasoning - one of the 13 most important books published in the UK in the last year. And getting a copy in the US is a struggle.
I can wait for amazon.com to release it. On 15 December! I can order it from amazon.co.uk, where it will be released on 15 August. But the cost of shipping is measured in megapounds. Or I can buy the sole copy listed on abe.com, from Germany of all places, and pay megamarks.
Well, it's probably a sour book anyhow. I'll just re-read Bleak House.