Quite a select group of confessions this week and eternal gratitude to Peter Owen publishers who I discover have been around for fifty years and specialise in literature in translation and I didn't know a thing about them.
To help me get acquainted I now have three more Joseph Roth's that I hadn't come across before, Flight Without End, The Silent Prophet and Weights and Measures. I am in a frenzy to open these and it won't be long.
Also published by Peter Owen, Bless ' Em All : A Blitz Novel by Allen Saddler.This looks so right up my street I've had to make a start.A fictionalized social history set in London at the start of WWII.
I've been reading some wartime diaries at random recently and browsing another book Under Seige Literary Life in London 1939- 45 by Robert Hewison.I'm already 50 pages into Allen Sadler's book and am firmly esconced in the Anderson shelter with his characters and their lives and am loving his style of writing, plus he's more local to Devon than London it would seem.
More about all that soon.
Falling into my hands from the skies, an advance copy of Marina Lewycka's eagerly awaited second novel Two Caravans. I'm reading this as part of a reading group for The Book Magazine.I loved A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, there was much more to it than the humour, and so I'm in a state of antsinthepantsation about this one too.
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Dr Vincent Lam won the Canadian Giller Prize last year and I am grateful to tripleblessings, who stops by here when the triplets allow, for recommending it.
I will luckily end up with another copy on it's way from the man himself, so hopefully I'm going to conduct a unique social experiment and pass this book around some doctors, if I can find a reading one, and elicit some insider opinions on it.
Finally a lovely New York Review of Books edition of The Go-Between by L.P.Hartley and the truth is now out, I have never read this book.
PS Had to start Flight Without End by Joseph Roth, it was all too much to bear