I’m on a little holiday in Somerset, spending time with Our Vicar and Our Vicar’s Wife some of the time, and spending other chunks of time looking after beautiful Sherpa with Colin. I haven’t seen Sherpa (my parents’ cat) since Christmas, and have missed her like crazy, so she’s been getting lots of hugs from me today.
But yesterday I went to Clevedon and Taunton, and bought myself some books. If you’re ever in the vicinity of Clevedon, Somerset, can I recommend that you check out Clevedon Community Bookshop? There is a good selection of books, very reasonably priced, and the staff are super friendly. I bought four books there, two in a bookshop in Taunton, and another couple in Clevedon charity shops. So, what were they?
The Last Tresilians – J.I.M. Stewart
Karyn loved this book back in 2011, and I’ve been keeping an eye out for it ever since – and was thrilled to see it in Clevedon Community Bookshop’s nice bookcase of Penguins (Karyn, you need to visit!)
How To Suppress Women’s Writing – Joanna Russ
I felt bad as this title was being read by one man to his colleague, to write down in their sales book – and I felt obliged to point out that it was ironic, and a feminist work. I saw it mentioned on Twitter recently, I think, and was chuffed to discover a copy so soon afterwards.
Circular Saws – Humbert Wolfe
I mostly know Wolfe as a book reviewer from the 1920s, and can’t quite work out if this is a selection of essays, stories, or arbitrary thoughts – but it certainly looks fun and 1920s-y.
Dear Austen – Nina Bawden
About Bawden losing her husband Austen in a railway accident.
Looking For Alaska – John Green
I liked The Fault in Our Stars, and Green is very engaging on YouTube, so I thought I’d try another of his books for teenagers (I totally refuse to use the term ‘young adult’ except when referring to young adults, rather than younger-than-adults).
The Gallery of Vanished Husbands – Natasha Solomons
I really liked Mr Rosenblum’s List, so grabbed this book. An intriguing title!
Tommy & Co. – Jerome K. Jerome
Did you know that JKJ had written this book? I didn’t. I would have done if I’d ever gotten around to reading the biography of JKJ that I have – which I WILL DO ONE DAY.
Still Missing – Beth Gutcheon
A Persephone novel that I don’t yet have, for £1.95?! Yes please!
Hope you’re having a lovely weekend, and reading lots. I’m knee-deep in Martin Edwards’ The Golden Age of Murder right now, and loving it.