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