Saturday, January 31, 2009

A new job

I’ve got a new job. (I use the word ‘job’ in the loosest sense for I don’t and can’t receive remuneration for any ‘work’ here, and anyway, they weren’t offering.)

Neilson Hays Library is an English Language Library in Bangkok. It was founded in 1869 by The Ladies’ Bazaar Association. They formed the Bangkok Ladies’ Library Association to supply the English speaking population of Bangkok with reading material. The property its now in was part of an endowment made in 1922 from Dr Hayward Hays in memory of his wife Jennie Neilson Hays.

I know a couple of the women on the board there and they approached me to see if I’d be their book buyer as their current buyer is taking over as President. I said I’d love to but couldn’t as I had recently made a commitment to myself about my writing. They wouldn’t take no for an answer … so we had lunch to talk about it.

And now I’m their new book buyer (and I will still write my book.)

12 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

How wonderful!

Yvonne said...

Congratulations JJ, what a wonderful job!

Debs said...

That has got to be one of my dream jobs. Congratulations.

HelenMHunt said...

A professional book buyer! You must be in heaven x

SueG said...

I think this is great. I do think that having a non-writing thing that you have to spend a bit of time on while you are writing is a good and doable thing.And this sounds perfect (and now she says shamelessly self-promoting...) perhaps as the buyer you might want to buy the book of a little known though fairly talented emerging novelist and poet? ahem.... :-)

JJ said...

Thanks Rachel, I'm rather pleased.

Yvonne, thank you.

Debs, I did it for the kids' school in the UK too.

Helen, I know ... it came just as Husband told me to stop buying books!

Sue, I think you're right. It's just not my only non-writing thing... but I hope I can fit it all in!

Well, that's an idea! I shall buy all my friends' books.

Calistro said...

OOoh what a brilliant job!

You'll be the Bangkok equivalent of the producer on Richard and Judy who decides what the 'in' reads are each season.

Of course you wouldn't buy in all the Novel Racers books would you...that would just be abusing your position! ;o)

JJ said...

Calistro, Ssssh, of course I would. What point is a position unless to abuse? (Just joking, NHL!)

Alexa said...

What a fab job! Congratulations

Susie Vereker said...

I hope I'm not going to post twice. Blogger told me I had failed the first time. Anyway congratulations, JJ. You're obviously doing well with your writing too, excellent word count.

Carol and Chris said...

That's brilliant news hon...you will be absolutely fab at that!!

C x

Leigh said...

Ooh, this sounds just fabby. Am totally envious.