Some treasures to share this week.
David Malouf's books are more difficult to lay hands on than I thought, seemingly out of print, but the challenge must go on so I am accumulating them from sources various.So far Harland's Half Acre and The Great World have arrived.
Any Human Heart by William Boyd seemed essential after comments here this week and hey presto, sprinkle the oofle dust, quick incantation of abraca-bookdepository-dabra and there it was.
The same spell conjured up two more by Niall Williams,Four Letters of Love and The Fall of Light. A Pair of Blue Eyes also beamed itself into the order to get my Thomas Hardy-thon off the mark.
The next wave of the wand yielded a book I first saw in extract form in The Guardian colour supplement a few weeks ago, Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto.
Just published here in the UK, it's a graphic novel account of New Yorker cartoonist Marisa's encounter with breast cancer.
Let none of that put you off,
I am completely overwhelmed by the power of this book, it is quite AMAZING and I agree with every word of the blurb "a visually electric read...100% unputdownable, this is not a treacly survival story, not an expected woe-is-me-tale". ..sorry you know all that already.
I'll be posting about this one later in the week because I think it's the inspirational style of self-help book on the subject that many women may have been waiting for.Every taboo surrounding breast cancer blown to the back of beyond in the most hearteningly honest,open and funny way.
It's a definite in my Top Ten for 2007 already...I might not have told you that bit yesterday.
I also had some lovely surprises in the post.
Having wished upon a star to get a copy of Sorceress very quickly after enjoying Witch Child so much, a "very nice person" signed a copy and sent it to me post haste.Thankyou Celia and yes, I promise to read Pirates.
Ex Libris in Ohio and I have an occasional book exchange and I was delighted to unwrap Waiting for Gertrude by Bill Richardson which will have me wanting to make a return trip to Pere Lachaise after that recent Therese Raquin post.Thankyou EL
Then a lovely bookshop in Abingdon sent me Dartmoor...The Saving by B.J.Burton published by Moorhen.How amazing to get a book local to here that I haven't seen at all. Perhaps I've missed it. A novel and all about the little people on the moor and that's going to be perfect to read as I sit in my car at lunchtime up at one of my secret Dartmoor places.
Thanks to Mark and Nicki, please open a branch here very soon.