"Instead of risking something that might not be any good, or not quite good enough, she had decided now to hunt down more of the books that had inspired her favourite authors, though in many cases these weren't so easy to come by.
Time, almost inevitably, had winnowed their numbers.
That was why she relied more on second-hand shops: they sometimes got lucky.
And second-hand books, there was more experience in them, more history, that was another thing: there was more faith. More loyalty, as there was in an old dog. If it had been read and re-read and re-read until tattered, then it was more likely to be worth her reading as well..."