I thought I’d do a little round-up of various books that I’ve bought and been given, because… well, why not? You usually have something fun to say about them.
That Sweet City: Visions of Oxford – John Elinger and Katherine Shock
Kathy Shock is Our Vicar’s Wife’s dear friend from school days, and also lives in Oxford (my experience of Oxford for the first 18 years of my life was chiefly visiting Kathy and her family) – she is also a brilliant artist, and sent me a copy of That Sweet City. It has poems by John Elinger and illustrations by Kathy (one of which you see in the photo above) – I’ll write more about it in due course.
Zuleika Dobson – Max Beerbohm
Continuing the Oxford them – so many people have told me that I must read this (and been rather outraged when they discover that I haven’t) that I’d better snap up this Penguin edition when I saw it.
The Teleportation Accident – Ned Beauman
I loved his first novel Boxer, Beetle (even though I didn’t expect to at all), so I was excited to receive the paperback edition of this Booker-longlisted second novel. And isn’t it a fantastic cover? Thanks, Sceptre!
The Secrets of Bredon Hill – Fred Archer
I had to bring this home, when I saw it in a Headington charity shop, since it’s about the year 1900 in Aston-under-Hill – which is the village in Worcestershire where I went to Bredon Hill Middle School for three years. Quite a curious coincidence to find this in Oxford…
The Crack in the Teacup – Joan Bodger
When I wrote about Bodger’s brilliant account of touring literary sites in England, How The Heather Looks, the blogger at Leaves and Pages (sorry, can’t find your real name, I feel bad about that) recommended that I try Bodger’s autobiography – and I immediately ordered a copy.
C.S. Lewis: A Life – Alister McGrath
When Sophie at Hodder offered me a copy of a new C.S. Lewis and mentioned that she’d found my review of Lewis’s beautiful book A Grief Observed, then I couldn’t say no, could I? I’ve seen Shadowlands, but I’ve never actually read a biography or autobiography of Lewis, some I’m excited to get my teeth into this one.
Any comments on any of these very welcome! What is the latest book you’ve bought?