I have been double-Mullan-ed which is probably a good thing.How Novels Work in paperback and the latest Anonymity. Both excellent, readable, informative and the latter a study of why so many great authors chose to publish anonymously. The Currer Bells get a good outing along with Tennyson, George Eliot, Thackeray and the rest.
I've been nicely Hesperussed too and have had a lovely selection of Christmas Dickensian curl-ups alongside some reads for my arnchair travelling including a copy of A Private Affair by Beppe Fenoglio.I'd been very reliably informed that this was translated by Howard Curtis whose translation of Pirandello I enjoyed so much a few weeks ago. I can sometimes want to read a translator as much as the original author these days and this one has an introduction by Paul Bailey, so double magic there.
I'm known to find eighteenth century literature about as enjoyable as pulling teeth so I was delighted to hear that Professor Janet Todd wanted to come to my aid with Death and the Maidens, Fanny Wollstonecroft and the Shelley Circle. If I could just sneak in the back door and read something about the next generation perhaps my trip back will be more fruitful when I finally pluck up the courage to pick up some Mary, a bit of William Godwin, a morsel of Henry Fielding and a fraction of Samuel Richardson.They are there waiting and I feel I should at least try eventually.
A forthcoming book from Myrmidon has me very interested Mrs Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman published as Mary in the US.I may not be able to wait until I get to America on my literary travels before I read this one.
A variety of other novels, The Long Delirious Burning Blue by Sharon Blackie published by Two Ravens Press for some courage, endurance and redemption.Two Ravens haven't disappointed so far, the exciting new writing of Lisa Glass with Prince Rupert's Teardrop and now Nightingale by Peter Dorward which had me gripped to the very last word, more on that one tomorrow.
I've already read and can highly recommend In Cold Daylight by Pauline Rowson published by Fathom for a gripping marine mystery (and long listed for the Spread the Word - World Book Day read) It was one of those books I picked up and couldn't put down until everything was sorted, enough tantalizing chapter ends to lead me on into the next and the next.
Edges O Israel O Palestine by Leora Skolkin-Smith published by Glad Day Books for boundary-less spaces of lost geography and people and, as you already know, this one has served me well as I set foot in Israel.
Two crime books from Poisoned Pen Press Two for Joy by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer and Noble Lies by Charles Benoit. I have certainly been enjoying Poisoned Pen reading over the last few months.
Then out of the blue came NHS plc by Allyson M.Pollock, subject - the progressive dismantling and privatisation of a health service that was established as a right.
Truthfully my heart sank a fraction, but it looks like a must-read.
'Confirms suspicions that something is rotten in the state of the UK's health system'
according to The Lancet
' a brave necessary book. And because the government thinks you shouldn't read it, you probably should'
says the British Medical Journal.