A lovely selection of new books this week, some SHill's one heading to Ohio (that's just spoilt that surprise) and one for me. I won't say which but it's obvious when I say it's one I've been meaning to read for a long time.
Plenty of Adele Geras after The Fabulous Fantoras I can't wait to read more, especially some of her adult novels.
John McGahern, where have you been all my life? Sadly he died in March this year but I am so pleased to have discovered another lyrical Irish writer.William Trevor is another favourite.
I've made a start on The Barracks and can hardly bear to put it down to come and tell you that I've picked it up.That They May Face the Rising Sun is there too and doubtless more will follow.
I am in love with Pushkin Press and these dinky little books that snuggle down in your bag and travel so easily.The Pendragon Legend the latest Antal Szerb in translation, poles apart from the much loved Journey by Moonlight, this one very gothic. I'll do a Pushkin Press post soon, the list is fascinating and varied and I would never have read Stefan Zweig or Arthur Schnitzler if they hadn't made the books so irresistible.
And there of course the latest Amelie, The Life of Hunger, which must be rationed as I've greedily gorged on almost all those available in English, and I'm in no mood to try and resurrect my schoolgirl French for the rest just yet.