After a minor dearth brought on by the postal strike suddenly everything posted since early October arrived on the same day a while ago. Apologies but my sympathies for the postman were limited as he struggled up from the gate with a stack of parcels that completely obscured his vision.
Even the mighty Jane Austen completely dwarfed by this mountain, and there can be little doubt as to how I'll be spending my weekend. I can't begin to describe what an exciting prospect a vision like this is to a bookaholic in my advanced state.To sift through and find the gems I already know are in there is like prospecting for gold with the certain knowledge you're going to find some, and there was me thinking I didn't know what to read.
Two Raven's Press have sent me a pile of books following my love of Prince Rupert's Teardrop and I'm consistently impressed with the production quality of these books, I'll let you know about the content soon.
Gallic Books are those popular French contemporary novels being translated into English and I picked up The Officer's Prey by Armand Cabasson at random,snuck off for a crafty afternoon snooze and managed a hundred pages before I realized it was dark and possibly I should put in an appearance downstairs before it was time to go back to bed again.The Pere-Lachaise Mystery by Claude Izner (actually Parisian bookselling sisters) seems like an essential read for a Pere Lachaise cemetery addict like me.
Proof copies are now amongst my favourite reads because the cover design gives me no visual clues, so I have no idea what to expect.Well my thoughts on Devotion by Nell Leyshon nearer to publication time in February but that won't stop me writing about her writing which is brilliant and now I wish Nell Leyshon was Jodie Picoult and there was a back list of twenty novels, then we could have one a month and actually that still wouldn't be enough.
Holding that pile up, a new Beatles biography from Piatkus, Can't Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould. This is reported to be a "stunning recreation of the 1960's in England and America through the prism of the world's most iconic band" so a mix of cultural, sociological and musical history which sounds like an interesting combination.On the back a quote from George Harrison 'The Beatles saved the world from boredom', never ones to underestimate.
Bill Liversidge sent me the funniest e mail asking if I might like to read his book A Half Life of One but he didn't want me to think he was bribing me in any way with the offer of the free book. Bribe away Bill said I, same rules apply, if I don't love the book it doesn't find its way onto the blog.
No time to waste must make a start.