Every Saturday morning Our Vicar’s Wife runs The Honeypot from our garage. Not many people can say that sentence, can they now? The Honeypot is about a year old now, and is a church-linked initiative but open to all, where people can drink coffee, buy goods, get involved with crafty activities, generally natter, and… buy books. Donate them too, of course. Now we have shelves of secondhand books adorning the garage wall, which I raid every time I pop home. Sorry to see that my duplicate copies of Woolf and the Brontes remain in place, alongside a stray Iris Murdoch and an AA Milne – but then not everyone can enjoy my esoteric tastes, and who says Virginia Woolf is necessarily better than Virginia Andrews… euch, I need to wash out my mouth with soap.
Anyway. Today was no different to other Saturdays, and whilst saying hello to the visiting villagers, I managed to scoop up a handful of books. Set my back £2 for the lot…
– John Banville, The Sea
This counts for having a finger on the pulse, so far as Stuck-in-a-Book is concerned. Won the Booker in 2005, didn’t it? And has a pretty cover. Bonus.
-E.F. Benson, The Osbornes
Haven’t read any non-Mapp & Lucia books by EFB, so this nice old hardback can slip into the tbr pile.
-Doris Lessing, The Sweetest Dream
Now this really is up-to-the-minute stuff. Well, published in 2001, but as you probably all know, Ms. Lessing was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this week. I read a transcript of her reception of this news, and she sounded ungrateful, but watching it on youtube, she just sounded witty and grounded. Strangely Chick Lit cover for this book, which isn’t quite how I remember Memoirs of a Survivor
– Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
I feel I should own a copy of this… will I want to read it? Any thoughts?
– Mary Lawson, Crow Lake
Just as I was going to buy a copy online… great review by Margaret over at Books Please here, which made the novel seem irresistible.
And I thought I’d have nothing to read on the train home…