Guess who’s bought some more books? Yes, you win, it’s me. These didn’t all come in the same shopping trip, though, if that helps you at all – not that many of you will frown upon the buying of books, I suspect. Here they are, and here’s why I got ’em!
Mr Darling Villain by Lynne Reid Banks
I hadn’t heard of this book by my much-loved author of The L-Shaped Room, but I suspect it is one of her teen books. The exciting thing for me is that it’s signed by her! To Tanya something, but… well, I can always change my name.
The Weald of Youth by Siegfried Sassoon
What fun this book looks – and ever since loving A Curious Friendship, I’ve wanted to read more by or about Sassoon.
First and Last by Victor L. Whitechurch
The Locum Tenens by Victor L. Whitechurch
I thought The Canon in Residence was fantastic, and curiously enough had been thinking about Whitechurch just before I came across these in a lovely little secondhand bookshop in Stratford-upon-Avon (Chaucer’s Head). Remind me to read these, please.
Mark Only by T.F. Powys
This came from the Oxfam bookshop that my friend Hannah runs (she being the reason I was visiting Stratford). They had lots of Powys novels, but I left the others behind. It was only later that I discovered that it is a perfect candidate for The 1924 Club!
A Writer’s Notebook by W. Somerset Maugham
I seem to have almost bought this dozens of times, and this time I was tipped over the edge.
The Life and Death of Rochester Sneath by Humphry Berkeley
The ‘e’s in the author’s name seem to be all out of place, but this caricature spoof looks like it should be fun. I’m using the words ‘caricature spoof’ because I don’t quite know how else to describe this. Maybe I will when I read it.
Various Voices by Harold Pinter
It’s been a while since I read any Pinter – about 10 years, probably – so it’ll be interesting to discover in an undergraduate fervour is required to appreciate him.
Caroline by Richmal Crompton
Portrait of a Family by Richmal Crompton
Thank you Bello for these reprints! I have the rest of the Cromptons they’re reprinting (this time around) already, though quite a few are unread, but these two have alluded me for years – I’m delighted to have them.