On a whim, I took myself off to Malvern today. For those not in the know, it’s a spa town in Worcestershire, not a million miles away from where I grew up. The Malvern Hills surround it, and are favourites for hill-climbers, but Malvern also posts some pretty parks, amazing views, and creditable secondhand bookshops. Thus, I read books, ate ice creams (well, just the one), bought books and fell asleep on a lawn. Beautiful weather, and a great day out – very much enjoyed myself.
AND I bought some books, as I mentioned. One of my favourite bookshops in the world is The Malvern Bookshop – two floors of an old house turned into a bookshop, so that all the rooms retain the feel of homeliness. Not bad prices, and they had AA Milne’s autobiography on the counter. I also had the pleasure, perhaps unkindly, of listening to a lady trying to flog her valueless books to the friendly, but honest, shopowner.
Anyway – here’s my haul.
A Talent To Annoy: Essays, Journalism and Reviews by Nancy Mitford ed. Charlotte Mosley – I saw this mentioned in the Mitford letters, and had a nice response from Mrs. Mosley today to an appreciative letter I sent her, so thought I’d add to my Mitfordmania.
Letters from Menabilly – Daphne du Maurier (ed. Oriel Malet) – letters between du M and Malet, can’t wait.
Jennie – Paul Gallico – a few people have recommended this here. Peter the Flautist, Cornflower? I love cats, I love animorphism… what’s not to love?
Flowers for Mrs. Harris – Paul Gallico – more Gallico for good measure. Anyone read?
The Sense of Humour – Stephen Potter – an anthology of British humour, with intriguing linking sections by Potter, such as ‘Humour of Release’; ‘Criticism by Parody’; ‘Humour of Situation’ etc. etc. – sounds invaluable, and probably very… humorous.