It probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that somebody in a band named after L. P. Hartley’s most famous novel amassed a pretty impressive book collection before his death in 2006. But what should be done with Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens paperbacks and hardcovers? The 30+ boxes had been sitting around in storage since his untimely death, and nobody could figure out where they should go to.
That’s how “The Grant McLennan Book Club” came to be. Instead of letting the books collect more dust or donating them, the members of the band shipped the boxes to the Domino Records warehouse in London so the label could include a book with each of the first 600 pre-orders for the first volume of the band’s box set. And from the of the above photo, some lucky fans picked up titles by Muriel Spark, Dashiell Hammett, or that paperback copy of Didion’s Play it as it Lays.