Isn’t it lovely when you fall in love with a fictional character and then you discover that you have the same taste in books?
That’s just what happened to me. I met Gussie, a twelve year old girl living just across the bay from me in St Ives towards the end of last year in Ann Kelley’s The Burying Beetle. Gussie has a serious heart condition but is so alive her head full of ideas, dreams, nature, books …
I loved Gussie and her story so much that I am already reading the next installment – The Bower Bird. Now I knew that Gussie loved her books and that she was making some fine selections, but I was beyond thrilled when I read these words:
“I reluctantly leave the starlit night and get into my bed. I’m reading a really good book by Mary Webb called Gone to Earth. It’s about a girl who has a pet fox. Mary Webb has written several other books. I’ll have to look out for them at car boot sales or in the second-hand bookshop, as they are so old they are probably out of print.”
One of my favourite authors, one of her best books, and a Virago Modern Classic to boot!]
And note those great book-hunting instincts.
How I wish I could introduce her to the Virago Modern Classics Group on LibraryThing – she would fit right in!