I’m out on my bed in the Aga room tonight being cosy, because it’s Guy Fawkes night and there are lots of noisy bangy things going on outside. I don’t like it, so Jane and I are having a quiet night in at the back of the house. And we thought that it was ages since we had a round of my game, and that it was time to have another go …
You might remember how it works from when we played before – once , twice, thrice, four times – but I’ll explain it again, just in case anyone has forgotten or anyone out there is new to this and would like to have a go.
We think of a person with a lovely blog, we pick five books from our shelves to represent that blogger, we take a picture and make a list, and then you get to guess who it is. We might have different editions or different translations, but we think we have picked the right books for each person.
It could be you! Have a guess in the comments! Or if you can’t guess have a look in the sidebar and follow a link to someone you haven’t met before. You might find an answer and you will definitely find a lovely blog.
Here’s the first one:
The Last Tresillans by J I M Stewart
Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford
The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley
William by E H Young
Corduroy by Adrian Bell
Next comes number two:
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgarov
Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols
Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
She Knew She Was Right by Ivy Litvinov
And now here’s number three:
The Enchanted Places by Christopher Milne
The Persephone Book of Short Stories
Mr Fortune’s Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
Now it’s time for you to do some guessing.
Remember, if you are stuck all three can be found our sidebar. So maybe if there’s a blog you don’t know you should click on it, because you might find an answer, and you might find somebody new to keep an eye on.
I will be back with the answers at the weekend, and Jane will be back to talk about books in a day or so.
But now it’s time for me to snuggle up and have a sleepy …
What fun Briar (and I do hope you are managing to avoid the noises)!
I wonder if the first one might be Karyn at A Penguin a Week because of the Last Tresilians? The third one makes me think of Simon at Stuck in a Book because of the Milne and Miss Hargreaves. As for the second one (blush) – well, I think I know who that is!! Very honoured!!
(and isn’t Jane lucky that her Merry Hall has a dustjacket!)
Two out of three! It’s a dustjacket but its standard issue from the publishers, the endpapers are the thing.
The endpapers *are* beautiful, aren’t they? I wasn’t sure about the third – will have to have a ponder….
I was completely stumped, but now I have some clues 🙂 I’ll have to check if Simon has read the Alan Bradley – I don’t think so, though I know I’ve read a recent review somewhere.
It’s not Simon, but Simon should have a couple of the answers – I hope that’s not too cryptic!
What a great game!
I got 2 & 3 instantly (makes a change!). I love this game – thanks Briar.
Then I read the other comments and saw that I was wrong with No 3. Gets thinking cap on…
I can see that certain books for No.3 might steer you a certain way, but I’ve checked and if Simon has read Alan Bradley he hasn’t mentioned it.
I didn’t register the possibility that I was steering people the wrong way until I saw the picture on this post, but I rather like the juxtaposition of Miss H and the red herring …
We don’t like fireworks either, Briar and if you like you can come and share our sofa. We don’t know who your blogging friends are but it’s fun thinking about which set of books we would like if our friend Alex would buy them for us.
Thank you very much for your kind invitation. The banging is over now and, as you can see from my picture. I am needed at home to guard the books. This is a funny game – if you know the person’s blog well it is easy but if you don’t it is difficult.
Miss Hargreaves will always make me think of Simon. Love this game, you two, and hope the cuddles made the fireworks a bit more tolerable…you poor thing.
Miss Hargreaves makes us think of Simon too, but we did him before and this is someone else who loved the same book. We were safe in doors so the bangs weren’t too bad, but I’m glad it’s over now.
No. 1 is surely Karyn, and the Bulgarov gives away the other Karen. No. 3 is a trick though… Hmmm.
There’s generally a key book that is you know the person rings a bell – the Stewart for Karyn and the Bularov for Karen – but number 3 in a little trickier …
Ah, no. 3 is Christine – I thought I’d read about Miss Hargreaves again very recently!
Yes! I had another book in mind but I couldn’t find it, and then I spotted she picked Miss Hargreaves for My Life in Books with Simon …
I somehow missed this the first time around, but even I would have picked myself for no.3 if I hadn’t appeared before, and if I’d read the Bradley, because I love Warner, Milne, Persephone and – of course – Miss H. Christine and I have such similar tastes, as I discovered when I appeared with her in My Life in Books!
I didn’t realise quite how strongly this pile of books resembled you until the first guess came in. Though I would have picked a different Sylvia Townsend Warner and I would always pick IC-B for you as I don’t think there’s any one else I could use her for.