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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 2 months ago

How much would a fiction book cost in wartime 1940s in the UK?

In old money please

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  • Huh?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Depends.  Penguin started printing cheap paperback books in 1935 which cost 6d each, so the cost wouldn't have gone up much, if at all, by 1939.  They might be about 9d or so by the end of the war for the longer ones. 

    In his 1946 essay 'Books v Cigarettes', George Orwell cites the average price of a new hardback book as being about 8/- for novels and light literature, but again prices would not have varied much during and immediately after the war.  Academic textbooks and such would be more expensive, sometimes much more so.  Average second hand books would be much cheaper, maybe 1/6 or so.

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  • Athena
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    2 months ago

    That would depend on many factors you have not given us.

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  • 2 months ago

    Sorry, but I only accept new money as payment for my answering services. Please amend your pre-contract accordingly. Thanks.

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  • j153e
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Somewhat less than a loaf of bread.

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