Second-Hand Stories

By Josh Spero

The amazing stories behind my second-hand books and the people who owned them

Thursday, 8 January 2015


Dear friends,

I thought you'd like to know that while there might not have been much rustling from the Shed of late, I have been busy campaigning on Second-Hand Stories' behalf. And it has worked: thanks to some exceedingly generous donations, combined with all of your donations, Second-Hand Stories will be fully-funded within weeks. This means that we can start preparing the book for publication.

So I'd like to say thank you now to all of you, because every single donation has filled me with joy, knowing that you believe in my book like I believed in it over the seven years it took me to write it. You have pledged, supported and encouraged it, and it means the world to me. I hope, when you receive Second-Hand Stories, that you'll feel it was worth it.

With deepest gratitude,


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Amro Gebreel
 Amro Gebreel says:

Very glad to hear that. With he silence I was worried not enough people shared my interest in this. Bravo, sir.

posted 9th January 2015

Una Lynch
 Una Lynch says:

Hi Josh
Delighted to hear that all is going well. I am really looking forward to reading your book I love the idea as I have often wondered about previous owners of books I have acquired. I remember those wonderful old fashioned second-hand bookshops we used to have in Dublin and spent hours whiling away my time often when I should have been at lectures !!!
Good luck to you Josh and just to let you know that I have been doing my bit by telling other readers in my local bookshop about Unbound and in particular about your book concept so maybe you will get more pledges.....I do hope so


posted 9th January 2015

Josh Spero
 Josh Spero says:

@Amro: Thank you kindly. There may well be a little more silence as we now get the book to press!

@Una: Thank you too for your nice words and support by telling others about Second-Hand Stories. I'm glad you're a fellow bookshop-dweller too - I can never spend long enough in them.

posted 11th January 2015

Una Lynch
 Una Lynch says:


Really thrilled to hear your news Dying to read it and by the way if you every come to my part of the world I will stand you to a coffee in my little local bookshop...........see supporting the starving artist in the garret to the nth degree I feel like some Grand Dame benefactor of the Arts..........Getting carried away again Have to wear that little white coat with the backward sleeves .........

Kind regards


posted 30th January 2015

Stephen Morrall
 Stephen Morrall says:

I was glad to hear that Second Hand Stories is fully funded. I am looking forward to reading it - could we please have an update on progress?

Thank you,

posted 11th July 2015

Caitlin Harvey
 Caitlin Harvey says:

Hi Stephen, Caitlin from Unbound here. We're working hard on the book and will have copies ready for subscribers in early Autumn 2015. If there's anything else I can help you with please get in touch via

posted 13th July 2015

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