There has been Writing – There has been Shopping – There has been Reading

Time to catch up!

The Writing:

I’m quite sure that you’ll have heard about it already, but I must mention the fabulous new autumn edition of Shiny New Books.

There are far too many wonderful things to mention, but I pick out just a few:

  • Simon has written about one of my favourite books, that has just been reissued, and about one of my favourite authors.
  • You will find me revisiting two of my favourite books, both now available in paperback, in Annabel’s Fiction pages.
  • You’ll also find me writing about The Good Companion by Una L Silberrad. It’s a wonderful book, I’ll be looking out for more of the author’s work, and I found a heroine – from an earlier era – who I’d love to introduce to Lucy Carmichael. Yes – that good!
The Shopping

Our annual day trip to Truro resulted in a very fine haul of books from its two used bookshops and its charity shops.

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I loved ‘The Lonely’ when I read a library copy, so I was very pleased to find a copy to keep. I’m not too sure about ‘Ludmilla’ – described as ‘a charming pastoral legend set in old Lichtenstein’ but as it’s by Paul Gallico I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

‘The Use of Riches’ by J I M Stewart (who also wrote under the name Michael Innes) is a story of art and intrigue, and so I had to pick it up.

I read ‘Bright Day’ by J B Priestley years ago, I loved it, and it has a Cornish setting, so that one had to come home to be re-read.

I saw a pile of books by Mazo de la Roche, and her name rang a bell but no more than that. I brought home ‘The Building of Jalna’, which on the first book (chronologically) in a long series. I liked the look of them all, but I thought it would be tempting fate to bring home more.

‘The End of Childhood’ by Henry Handel Richardson is the sequel to ‘The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney’, which Cat loved and I know my library has.

‘The Old Ladies’ by Hugh Walpole was a book I had to rescue from a 50p table.

I know that the library has ‘Sissinghurst’ by Adam Nicholson and ‘Millions Like Us’ by Virginia Nicholson, but I also knew that I wanted copies of my own to keep and read at leisure, at the right time.

I know nothing about Mrs Henry de La Pasture, except that she was E M Delafield’s mother and that the Folio Society saw fit to reissue ‘The Unhappy Family’, and that was enough reason to bring the book home.

The Reading

This hasn’t been a great week for finding the time and the clarity of thought that I need to write, but I have been reading:

  • ‘The Provincial Lady Goes Further’ by E M Delafield – the perfect way to change gear Margaret Kennedy Week.
  • ‘The Adventurous Lady ‘ by J C Snaith  – the report will be mixed.
  • ‘Privileged Children’ by Frances Vernon – I was very impressed by I have to track down her other books now.
  • ‘The Eustace Diamonds’ by Anthony Trollope – I liked it, but not as much as my first two Trollopes

I’ll elaborate, I’ll get back to writing, very soon ….

10 responses

  1. I had forgotten about the Jalna books. When I was at school I had a friend who wasn’t really much of a refer who became completely engrossed in these and read the series from beginning to end. I meant to try them but somehow never got round to it. I shall be fascinated to hear what you think of the first one. Maybe it is finally time for me to see what my friend found so enticing.

  2. A lovely secondhand haul! I can remember reading the Jalna books although I don’t recall much about them I hadn’t realised their was a sequel to Richard Mahoney – it’s not in my library so will have to search further.

  3. Many new authors to me, I look forward to hearing more about them and their books. I had a little trouble changing gears after Margaret Kennedy week. In hindsight probably a mystery was not the way to go.

  4. What a very wonderful group of books and links (and thanks for the links to SNB!)

    I read the de la Pasture years ago and enjoyed it a lot. Less ironic than our EMD, if memory serves. And lovely to see Gallico get a mention – I haven’t read those, but have them. His novel Love of Seven Dolls is still one of my favourites, in all its darkness.

  5. I always remember shelves of Mazo De La Roche books with characteristic pink dust jackets when I worked in our local library as a teen in the mid 1970s. Never read one though! Similarly I remember lots of Michael Innes books and I never read him either. Hope you enjoy your haul, and thanks for the Shiny link.

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