The lengths Bluestalking Reader of Chicago and I are having to stretch to lay hands on these Booker longlist books is nothing short of incredible if not a little inventive.Between us we may just cover all bases (and she does work in a library) but not much more to come this end (because I don't, I work in a doctor's surgery)
I already had three and Picador very kindly sent two more but Devon libraries could only come up with five, and are now into the realms of twelve reservations for one or two copies.So my tally likely to be eleven out of the nineteen before the shortlist is announced.
It may be Christmas before I complete on this task.Don't tell me the winner anyone, I want it to be a surprise.
My delight was total when the parcel from Chicago arrived this morning with a discreetly obtained second hand advance reading copy of Mary Lawson's The Other Side of the Bridge.
Tucked in the envelope, a beautiful, leather bound blank journal notebook desperately begging to be written in and the Books section from The Chicago Tribune, I'd have been in seventh heaven if I hadn't had to go to work.