Miskatonic University Press

Chips Channon on shelving

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The 15 February 1936 entry from The Diaries: 1918–38 of Henry “Chips” Channon, edited by Simon Heffer. Honor is his wife, born Lady Honor Guinness; they have just moved into a new home at 5 Belgrave Square in London.

This morning Honor and I began to place our books on their proper shelves. All day we worked feverishly, and at 2.30 a.m. we had not yet finished. It is a colossal undertaking; but once a lifetime ought to be sufficient. It evoked sad memories, forgotten books, long-neglected treasures and friends who had given me them. Nevertheless a thrilling day, and exercise moving the shelves.