I've decided to give Jasper Fforde another try so have bought The Eyre Affair again having already passed on one copy because I couldn't get into it.Too many people are telling me how good they are so I had better re-visit. That reminds me I may have to do the same with The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I was so out of tune with that one that I left it in a hotel room in Barcelona rather than carry it another inch in my rucksack on the 2002 ,post- 2001 Silver Wedding Grand Trek around Europe. Everyone since has felt duty bound to tell me it is the best book they have EVER read.
Dear Jane has been explained and Joyce Carol Oates and Tin House Reading Magazine arrived thanks to ExLibris in Ohio. JCO passed Vera by Elizabeth Von Arnim mid-Atlantic on her way to Ohio.
Helen Slavin made me buy The Master Butcher's Singing Club by Louise Erdrich and has given me instructions about how to proceed, it gets stomach churney but stay with it.
Bad Faith by Carmen Callil was an inevitable purchase after hearing her talk and I've not been able to resist making a start.Now I can see I'll have 101 questions to ask Carmen Callil and having missed my chance may have to send them by e mail somehow.Already I have to know what she would have said to Loius Darquier if she had met him and what she would say to Anne his daughter if she were still alive.
Talk Talk by T.C.Boyle (thank goodness he's dropped the middle name that sounded like some sort of Irish moss and was impossible to spell) arrived in the post on Friday the day of the 8 hour power cut and was just opened to see what it was like. 82 pages on I can report good things so far. Identity theft, very scary indeed.