Time to share with you the books I bought in London! Blogger has a new interface thingummy, so I’m hoping things will go to plan… if I press the wrong buttons and everything turns out enormous or slanting to the right or something, then forgive me. (Is the font still a readable size?)
First up are the two books I bought at the conference. My heart more or less stopped beating when I walked into the conference hall on the second day – there was the most middlebrow bookstall in front of me. Elizabeth von Arnim, E.M. Delafield, Viragos everywhere… Not the cheapest selection in the world, but I did manage to pick up a couple of gems:
Opus 7 by Sylvia Townsend Warner: the first book she published, this is a book-length poem and thus not my normal cup of tea, but I’ll give it a go. Plus… beautiful, no?
Novels and Novelists by Katherine Mansfield: a collection of her reviews, which is rather wonderful. Lots of unfamiliar names in the index, and thus probably a more accurate representation of the period. It does, serendipitously, include a review of Elizabeth von Arnim’s Christopher and Columbus, which I was reading the day I bought this.
Off I trotted during some free time, and down to Judd Books, wherein I bought these:
At Freddie’s and Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald. There are plenty of Penelope Fitzgerald novels around, but I fell in love with this series of editions from Flamingo – another incentive to explore more PF territory.
The rest of the weekend’s purchases are shown, colour-coded…
Blow on a Dead Man’s Embers by Mari Strachan: I recently loved Strachan’s first novel, so was delighted to pick her second up for £1.
Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark: it’s no secret that I adore this novel, but the copy I read was from the library – I’ve been on the look-out for a cheap copy for a while.
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay: somehow this was not amongst my Macaulay collection, despite being perhaps her most famous. Thanks to Mary for spotting this outside the bookshop!
Epigraph on George Moore by Charles Morgan: I love authors writing about other authors, and although I’ve only read one book by Morgan, and none by Moore, this seemed like one I rather wanted to own…
Plagued by the Nightingale by Kay Boyle: between recognising Boyle’s name, an instinctive covetousness for any Virago Modern Classic, and the cover painting, I couldn’t leave this behind. The cover is ‘Portrait of a Young Woman’ by Meredith Frampton, one of my favourite paintings in the Tate Gallery.
The Old Maid by Edith Wharton: I’ve been wanting to read more Wharton, and this is perfect for my research into 1920s spinsters – not to mention a rather lovely copy.
T.H. White: A Biography by Sylvia Townsend Warner: another one I should probably have on hand for my research – making this book buying haul, on the whole, an academic excursion… no?