Probably a few books missing from this stack because they've already found their way on here or are in the offing but a varied selection of wonderful reads.
I'm in Richard Zimler mode with my maximum reading experience in progress with The Seventh Gate so it seemed wise to order a few more so The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon and Guardian of the Dawn at the ready. There is a link to all these books and I must have read them in the wrong order but I don't think it matters, each one seems to hold its own.
A lovely copy of A Hidden Life by Adele Geras and I can't wait to read this because Adele's books fill a special moment in my reading life and when it arrives I am very grateful to have one to hand. Adele I must add is my very own real-life snippeteer, never misses a dgr cutting or quote and kindly wings them all my way by first class post.
Transita send me all their new books and so The Gardener by Prue Leith, their latest and this a reissue of a book published some years ago as A Lovesome Thing by Penguin, looks interesting and has good blurbs from Sue MacGregor and Elizabeth Jane Howard (but not my current blurb friends Hilary Mantel and Joanne Harris)
Ernest Hecht from Souvenir Press has forgiven me that cheap jibe about Arsenal football club and sent through a great and varied selection of their books which will all take me off into new reading realms.The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen and subsequently a film with Brad Pitt who I assume was Jesse not the coward?
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities by Delmore Schwartz a book of short stories but the one of the title first published in 1937 and apparently highly influential on the writing of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth. I have a bit of a love hate thing going on with Saul Bellow after Herzog but I'm told I need to read The Adventures of Augie March to really appreciate his writing so perhaps I'll try harder.
If I Should Die Before I Wake by Michelle Morris looks like one of those brace-yourself gritty reading challenges as Carla holds her sleeping father at gunpoint and proceeds to recount why.
A trip to Tesco's to buy fly killing equipment wouldn't be complete without a book purchase, so Matthew Kneale and English Passangers it was. I was so engrossed in the books I ended up buying everything else but fly killing supplies.We've had a major invasion and they are flocking indoors in their droves and, as I type, skilfully slaloming their way around the sticky fly papers and electrical execution machines.
Vanessa at Fidra Books is 100% responsible for the final purchase, Brown Owl's Guide to Life by Kate Harrison. Vanessa made this sound like chick-lit that I could cope with as the Brownie values suddenly have relevance in the Lucy's life after the death of her mother who had been a feisty third generation Brown Owl. Once a Brownie forever a Brownie so there will be a right moment for this one.