Three ladies together came into the shop, travellers; they told me they’re in their happy place in a bookshop. They gave each other things to look at.
‘This will do you, Nabby.’
On lady said, ‘When I was growing up, I got all my books free.’
Another lady said, ‘I really love the very old Penguin books because you get some fabulous writers….right back to the 1900s.’
The third lady said, ‘Look at this. This book was just waiting here for me.’
They moved around holding things up and talking about them. They were all wearing delicate colours and scarves and reusable soft bags they unfolded from tiny rectangles. They talked about the beach.
‘The beach is finished now girls. Next year.’ They were all looking down at books, and they all laughed into the books.
Painting by Angela Morgan