Thomas from My Porch blog played Santa today when he arrived in the UK bearing bookish gifts, hand picked to suit each book-blogger’s personal taste.
Christmas comes early!
I am now the proud owner of The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris, which is the tale of a man who becomes afflicted with a strange compulsion to walk which he can’t control. (Unlike me who seems to be afflicted by an uncontrollable desire to sit on my bottom and not go anywhere in this chilly weather!).
What could be in this mystery package I wonder...?
And Simon S, if you are reading there is a mystery package waiting for you too. You had better get it quickly as you know how nosy I am…!
We all met up at Persephone Books, and then went for afternoon tea at the British Museum where I had my very first cucumber sandwich.
Thomas signing our books celeb-style.
A cleverly snaffled Persephone Biannually and Catalogue.
Then I headed off to meet my lovely friend Mrs W, for nice cuppa and a wander around the flagship Paperchase store (stationary heaven) which was as it always is at this time of year a veritable wonderland of festive sparkly-ness.
Have you had any early Christmas presents?
It was my birthday yesterday, and what a lovely one it was! I had lots of great gifts from family and friends, including book vouchers to fund my habit, and some lovely Persephone books from my (possibly perfect?) boyfriend.
I may have hinted just a little that I would like one, but I didn’t expect four and two of which I really wanted to read;
- Little Boy Lost, Marghanita Laski (I loved The Victorian Chaise Longue)
- Someone at a Distance, by Dorothy Whipple
…and two others that I hadn’t heard of but am looking forward to reading;
- William – An Englishman, by Cecily Hamilton
- It’s Hard to be Hip over Thirty, by Judith Viorst
Oh, and a subscription to Vogue too which is my other favourite reading material 🙂
Have you read any of these books?
Back in March, I posted this missive to other book bloggers looking for help to compile a list of forgotten authors.
I had some great suggestions as there is definitely love out there for digging-up neglected books especially amongst those who have discovered Persephone Books.
In fact it was two Persephone books (Saplings and The Shuttle) along with a rogue A.A. Milne mystery novel that inspired me to create the list. Of course, it’s also Persephone Reading Week at the moment (more details here and here) so I’m hoping to discover others!
However, I had a little chat to myself (as you do) and told myself that I needed to be a bit stricter about my criteria because otherwise it really is a bit of a vague topic. As what had attracted me to doing this at first was reading books by authors who were known for their children’s writing, I decided that would be the backbone of a sort of organic list of titles.
Below is the beginnings of my list (once I get a few more I’ll add a more comprehensive page to Novel Insights).
- I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith (101 Dalmations)
- Saplings, by Noel Streatfeild (Ballet Shoes)
- The Family Roundabout, by Richmal Crompton (Just William)
- The Red House Mystery, by A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner)
- The Shuttle, The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden)
- Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Work, and The Chase, by Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
- The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)
- Apricot Sky, by Ruby Ferguson (Jill’s Gymkhana)
I’ll also be doing a bit of hunting myself. I did a bit of Googling the other day and discovered that Hans Christian Anderson and J.M. Barrie had written adult books but as is often the case these are mostly out of print. Also, as Eva of A Striped Armchair pointed out in her review of Castle Eppstein “sometimes classics fall into obscurity for good reason” – so I’d like to vet them first!
Have you got any more to add? If so, I’d love you to drop me a comment (feel free to include links to reviews for my page!)
A recent convert to Persephone Books, I am looking forward to participating in Persephone Reading Week, hosted by Claire (Paperback Reader) and Verity (The B Files). While I would love to buy my own Persephones, at the moment I’m living in limbo and space is a little tight so Wimbledon Library in wisdom of stocking the lovely grey books is my source for reading matter this week.
I actually went in thinking I would get one solitary title, probably by Dorothy Whipple, but as ever I was side-tracked and came out with the books pictured below:
- Cheerful Weather of the Wedding, by Julia Strachey – prompted by Simon T’s wonderful review.
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson – I’ve seen quite alot of buzz around this one.
- The Far Cry, by Emma Smith – never heard of it, but I read the inscription and couldn’t resist!
“When dinner was over, Teresa and Mr Digby took a stroll together down Chowringee. They stepped out from the door of their hotel into the warm brawling stream of Calcutta’s nightlife, out of the frigidity of a mannered existence into the pavement’s spawning pulsing vitality.”
With my current read still only a quarter of the way through, it is doubtful that I’ll get through all three this week so I would welcome suggestions as to which I should try first.
Are you participating in Persephone Reading Week, and if so what are you reading?