Views & Reviews Between the Lines

A decline in crime

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:221
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    What is the most characteristic British institution? The National Health Service, perhaps? No: it is the charity shop.

    In no country in the world are there so many charity shops as in Great Britain. Is it because the British are so charitable? I leave it to others, more learned in political economy than I, to decide why we should have so many charity shops; suffice it to say that I rarely pass such a shop without glancing at the books for sale in them, for often, among the ranks of trashy paperback novels, is one book worth having.

    Last week, for example, I went into a charity shop—one of many—in a dismal little town in Gloucestershire (also …

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