Wow, thanks for all your comments on the previous post – I will reply to them soon, but basically it seems like we all make wishlists somewhere or other, and I’m very impressed by how organised some of you are!
And I thought I’d treat you with a little pile of books which have recently come to Stuck-in-a-Book Towers… let’s work from the bottom up, shall we? (I hadn’t realised until I put these together for the photo quite how blue books have dominated of late…)
London War Notes 1939-1945 by Mollie Panter-Downes
I thought this book was absolutely brilliant, and essential WW2 reading, when I reviewed it earlier in the year – but I didn’t actually own a copy. When an affordable one came up in my abebooks alerts, I high-tailed it to… well, the internet. But the book is mine now, and I’m thrilled!
Selected Poems by Anthony Thwaite
The Norman Church by A.A. Milne
The Man in the Bowler Hat by A.A. Milne
These all came via a connection Claire/The Captive Reader brought to my attention – as you might know, A.A. Milne is one of my favourite authors, and the first one I loved wholeheartedly in my adult reading. 2012 was Claire’s year of discovering AAM, and she read many of his books – and Ann Thwaite’s exceptionally good biography A.A. Milne: His Life. I’ve read it a few times, in pre-blog days, but haven’t posted about it yet. Anyway, Ann Thwaite spotted Claire’s review and commented on it that she’s looking to sell some of AAM books – read her comment on this post – and I got in touch with her. We had a chat on the phone, and she was lovely – and I bought the Milne books mentioned here. The collection of poetry by her husband came as a surprise bonus, and I must write to thank her soon :) I can’t tell you have special it feels to have these books come from the author of a biography which affected my reading so much.
The Maiden Dinosaur by Janet McNeill
This one was a recommendation by a SiaB reader, Tina, as mentioned in my previous post.
Symposium by Muriel Spark
One of the few Spark novels I didn’t already own. very kindly given to me by Karen. It might well be my next Spark read…
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
Coming Up For Air by George Orwell
What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept by Elizabeth Smart
I bought these in the brilliant Amnesty Book Shop in Bristol last weekend – I did already have a copy of the Macaulay, but not in this gorgeous NYRB Classics edition… I’m not the sort of person who could resist that, as well we all know.
Mel recommended the Catherine O’Flynn, and the other two are books I’ve been intending to read for ages. Well, actually I just want to read more Orwell in general, and had hoped to find The Clergyman’s Daughter, but this will more than do.
Letters of Lewis Carroll
Well, why on earth not? (Also timely, as I am going to see Judi Dench in Peter and Alice this weekend. Can’t wait!)