Plenty to keep the postman happy and grumbling again last week.
You'll see I finally succumbed to Decca The Letters of Jessica Mitford edited by Peter Sussman, buy a book and starve the flu, never fails. What a gorgeous tome it is though.
I'm always pleased to be in contact with local writers and Hilary Lloyd, based in East Devon has kindly sent me a copy of her first novel A Necessary Killing. "Compelling, unpredictable and ultimately terrifying". Published by UKA Press, I'm intrigued and looking forward to this one.
From Fidra Books Fly-By-Night by K.M.Peyton.Never a horsey child I always felt completely left out from all that Jill and the Pony Club stuff because I was busy reading Sue Barton Student Nurse, so I'm going to make up for it all now and see whether I know my bridle from my stirrups by the end of this one.Bet I get the saddle on back to front and the horse will scare me.
I spotted a book in the Canongate catalogue that intrigued me, The Paris Review Interviews Vol. 1 and so I sent for it, here's a collection of some of the best from one of the best.The Paris Review interviews have long been considered the stellar example of the genre and in this volume voices as varied as Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, T.S.Eliot, Rebecca West and many more with Joan Didion right at the end.
It's another book with those pseudo-uncut pages, all rough and uneven and I have been known to send these back before now thinking I'd ended up with a seconds. I'm learning that this is now considered trendy and a bit retro so Iets assume this is intentional here.
I've also invested in Irene Nemirovsky her life and works by Jonathan Weiss because I suspect this is a writer I am now going to want to know everything about and more in order to arrive at a clear understanding of her work.Out of the parcel and the first 50 pages read before I realised and yes, it is a readable and riveting account and one that I suspect will offer some unique perspectives....suitcase on the cover again but this time the suitcase itself is of great significance and in a setting that offers even more, this time it works.
Lastly I've agreed to review a few audio books and a couple have arrived.I shall share this load with the Tinker (my famous father) who is a great audio book fan and has an iPod to prove it.I haven't recovered from trying to listen to Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveller's Wife on my iPod Shuffle which chose to "shuffle" an already complex book into a completely different order. Several people have told me this is the one book where it actually wouldn't matter but I got very confused all the same.
I'm going to listen to the very gentle Thrush Green by Miss Read as I travel the highways and byways on my visits.I'll doubtless pitch up at every door all soothed and tranquil. Meanwhile the Tinker will probably need regular blood pressure monitoring to cope with Map of Bones by James Rollins as "science and religion unite to unleash a threat not seen since the beginning of time".Right up his street.