An odd mix this week but great delight at the arrival of Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthurian trilogy.First up The Seeing Stone and already it's clear of course that Ann over on Patternings was right.I know I'm going to love these, I'm deeply involved in plot, place, time and character after finishing this one.
Everything else has come via publishers.
Cutting Confidential True Confessions and trade secrets of a celebrity hairdresser by...wait for it...Shaun Lockes! This is an anonymous expose written by a crimper & snipper to the stars, "a celebrity hairdresser who runs his own salon and hair product empire in London".
So I dash off to Boots to pay more attention to the names of hair products and am narrowing it down.I suspect it's a toss up between Pan Tene, Pal Molive or Alberto VO5.
I think I may already have identified the anonymous royal and the rest of the book is going to be like this. A sort of Hello magazine with all the names blacked out so I'm going to love this.I also now know why male hairdressers prefer to wear leather trousers but I couldn't possibly tell you.
Well I might later on, keep reading.
Another book I'm keen to read is Janey Lee Grace's Imperfectly Natural Baby and Toddler How to be a green parent in today's busy world. Janey's had loads of babies, put them in towelling nappies and breast fed them all and so have I, plus we also have our laundry balls in common.
I'll just whisper the bit we don't have in common about me being a health visitor because we don't get much of a mention in this book and are probably considered public enemy number one in the scheme of things.Oh yes and I haven't been a backing singer for George Michael (not publicly anyway) or had a top ten hit either.
In these days of evidence-based research we can rain a monsoon of facts on any party, rent-a-prophet-of- doom.com is us and you have no choice as a professional but to convey that information as it stands.Tricky territory and clearly Janey finds it so too, there seem to be caveats aplenty to all her advice which shows you what a litigious minefield it has all become.
I firmly believe it's all about informed decisions but also a question of balance and common sense.Health professionals can seize far too much of this territory and end up disempowering parents at a time when instinct should be their greatest friend.
Janey is certainly adding plenty more information to help anyone who wants to pursue green parenting.
I certainly think I've been a green parent but in the days when it meant something else entirely.
Loads of great websites to explore and I'll shut up now before I'm hauled up and flogged on the Steve Wright radio prog (Janey's the "green guru co-host on there)
Now Mr Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange.I sense a sharp intake of breath out there.
A fictional imagining of Pride and Prejudice from the hero's point of view.These get a terrible press from the die-hard Austenites but I'm not one of those. I'm a bit take or leave it with Jane to be honest and I don't go into raptures over her which is terribly unfashionable at the moment I know.This is another book that is going to get a fair and impartial read from me and I'll let you know how I fare.
Yes, yes, of course I'll tell you about the wet shirt incident and whether he caught a chill or not,as if I'd keep that to myself.
Oh and the male crimpers and the leather trousers?
Well that's so they can brush the hairs off easily of course; fine wool Prada's let your hair snippings right through into their boxers where they cause havoc apparently.