Having decided to make inroads into current stock it's just a little stack this week.I've also had a lesson in pixels from Offspringette who finally instructs me in the art of keeping the pictures clear whilst shrinking, thus keeping the titles legible.
Apologies for a year of illegible titles I think I might know what I'm doing now.
I've already made mention of No Place For Ladies The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War by Helen Rappaport and in fact I've almost finished this. Within pages I knew I was mining an excellent new reading seam and before I was half way I knew I had to know much more about the redoubtable Mrs Fanny Duberley.
Fanny was the only officer's wife to witness the whole war and she wrote it all down in her own inimitable style, so the recently published Mrs Duberley's War : Journal and Letters from the Crimea edited by Christine Kelly was an inevitable purchase.Don't you love that cover picture of Fanny on her horse Bob? Oh yes, she took all her horses along too.
I'm now deeply into Crimean anything and for my next trick I think I really should try and find some of those knitting patterns.Queen Victoria was far more prolific than this Devon sock knitter and churned out pairs of her speciality Royal Muffatees by the dozen.These were "woollen coverings for the lower arms" and given the vast number of amputees one can only assume that the pairs were shared around.The Crimea was not only knee-deep in mud it was drowning in knitting as a veritable tidal wave of mitts, socks and comforters surged across from a homeland desperate to help.
Even more fascinating I discover Lord's Cardigan and Raglan made unique knitwear contributions of their own. Forget the death toll during the Charge of the Light Brigade; as long as Lord C's hair didn't get ruffled by pulling a jersey over his head, that's what mattered.
A lovely parcel from fellow blogger Ex Libris in Ohio and a copy of The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1918. I'm thrilled with this firstly because, shame on me, I had never heard of the book and only of Booth Tarkington in the deep recesses of my mind, but also because Ex Libris likens it to Edith Wharton's House of Mirth both in themes and content. All that aside I love to get book parcels and airmail ones are very exciting, thanks Sharon.
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam also quickly made it onto the fiction in progress stack because it has a first line that instantly captured my attention " Dear Husband, I lost our children today".
Well how for goodness sake?
You can't not read on, just to be sure and very quickly Tahmima Anam has you immersed in her story "set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence...the extraordinary story of a family, and of a country on the brink of revolution, at a moment when all things seemed possible".
Short is good on back cover blurbs, enough there to lure in this reader.
But right now I'm seriously worried because if there was a book called Knitting Patterns of the Crimean War I'd have to buy it.