Lots in the door this week but always a moment of glee to be had finding a book that's been languishing on the "to find" list for ages.
The reading list for Woolf For Dummies wasn't extensive, tutor Mrs Hill-Wells was very sympathetic to our busy lives but she did recommend Bloomsbury Pie by Regina Marler (Ruth is this a relative? I've not heard you mention Aunt Regina I must admit) which is out of print. I've been on the look-out ever since so I swooped a bit noisily on this brand new copy in the second-hand bookshop at Ashburton this week.It's that pent up searching that all comes out at the moment of discovery I find.
There have been many acts of book-giving kindness this week too and in the interests of transparency I'll set them out here.
Philippa at Macmillan took pity on my lack of Dissolution by C.J.Sansom, which seemed to have mysteriously disappeared from the bookstore shelves, and sent me a copy. I have made an immediate start based on a sudden need for something in the historical fiction department and a suspicion that this series will carry me nicely into holiday reading.So far very good indeed, and very apt after yesterday's visit to monastic setting. Tonsures and pax vobiscums abound and clearly I'll be onto Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose in no time (that's a joke)
I can't tell you how long I have been meaning to read English Passengers and never quite got around to it so when Emma at Macmillan sent me a copy of the latest Matthew Kneale When We Were Romans ,it was all the help I needed to make a start on his writing.
Transita always send me their latest books so Blue Slipper Bay by Wendy Harris has arrived and I'm sure its moment will come.
Knowing how much I had enjoyed The Winter of Enchantment by Victoria Walker, Vanessa at Fidra very kindly sent me the next in the series The House Called Hadlows. Victoria Walker writes the best introductions ever, I loved the last one so I was into this one before the envelope had fallen from my hand. She's refreshingly self-effacing and you like her the minute you read her.
Oh heck, you'll be thinking I've given up book-buying at this rate because next in the post a copy of The Spoken Word Revolution Redux edited by Mark Eleveld.This is an anthology of poetry in the oral tradition and to that end it has a CD included.Performance poetry and all its many styles and this came from Sourcebooks in the US.Billy Collins is in there, that's good.
I now shamelessly beg from Peter Owen.Honestly what has happened to me? They took instant pity and came up with a lighteningly quick copy of A Stranger on Earth, The Life and Work of Anna Kavan by Jeremy Reed to help fuel my Anna Kavan-fest.
More Anna Kavan soon (ahem, I seem to be running low on these...)
Lastly, Possession by A.S.Byatt. I PAID real money for this.I have a big old heavy hardback edition so I needed a paperback for holiday reading, but the big question is will I join the YES YES YES team or the NO NO NO team?
If it's a NO NO NO this might end up in the Gulf of Mexico.
No of course I wouldn't throw it overboard, I was joking, besides it would find its way back on the Gulf Stream, isn' t that what keeps us warm here in the UK?
I shall perform an honourable Book Crossing desertion in Montego Bay to match my less honourable dumping of The Secret History by Donna Tartt in Barcelona.