Stuck-in-a-Book’s Weekend Miscellany

Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine this weekend! I’m mourning the fact that my lovely boss has left OUP, and she’s pretty much the most fab boss ever, so we should probably just close OUP and start again. BUT a link, blog post, and book never hurt anybody.

Before I go further, though, the winner of the Cornelia Otis Skinner book Nuts in May is – Rosemary Hopkins! Well done, Rosemary! I’ll be in touch soon. For everybody else – do make sure you track down something by her.

In search of Rex Whistler1.) The book – I treated myself to the beautiful In Search of Rex Whistler by Hugh and Mirabel Cecil after reading Lyn’s very persuasive post about it, and (of course) Anna Thomasson’s A Curious Friendship. It’s definitely spoiling myself, but Anna’s book left me super keen to see more of Rex Whistler’s work, and this book has lots of images.

Oh, another book – I really enjoyed Maggie Gee’s Virginia Woolf in Manhattan (and reviewed it for Shiny New Books, where I also interviewed Maggie Gee): the paperback is now out!

2.) The blog post – you’ve got time to join in Mary Hocking Reading Week! Let Ali explain it all… (Oh, and Sylvia Townsend Reading Week has been extended to a month, so I should manage to at least finish the short story I started.)

3.) The link – I couldn’t really think of a link this week, but the most recent xkcd cartoon is one that gets my full support…

10 thoughts on “Stuck-in-a-Book’s Weekend Miscellany

  • June 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I’m always delighted to hear about people who are happy in work, particularly when a good manager contributes to that happiness. I hope you are lucky and have an equally good working relationship with your next boss. As for beer (featured in the cartoon) I have never drunk the stuff so I don’t really know, but the word “bitter” is alone almost enough to put me off. It does not sound like my idea of a refreshing beverage.

    • June 6, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      I have been very lucky! I can hardly hope for the lightning to strike twice, but I’m sure whoever it is will be nice in their own way :)

      I try sips of beer every couple of years, to see if I like it yet (ditto coffee) and have always been revolted.

  • June 6, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you for linking to Mary Hocking week. I have so enjoyed sharing her with people. I am now reading Summer will Show for (what has become) STW reading month.

    • June 6, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      I wish I’d got my act together, but Shiny New Books reading is taking up all my time… well, still hoping to sneak in some STW stories!

  • June 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Sorry to hear about your boss, Simon – it’s always unsettling if you get along with someone and they leave. Hope the new boss is just as lovely! And good to hear the STW week has been extended – I might even be able to get a reading of one of her books in!

    • June 6, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      I’m glad my boss is staying in Oxford, so we’ll definitely see each other plenty – but it won’t be quite the same….

  • June 6, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I feel the same way about Whisky that the cartoon stick-man does about Beer.

    Sorry to hear you’ve lost a wonderful boss, I’m sure the next will be all sorts of wonderful too. :)

    • June 6, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      The team at OUP is just wonderful, so fingers crossed!
      And I quite like a bit of whisky every now and then… and have discovered it is far more effective than Lemsip when I have a cold.

    • June 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Jenny! Here’s hoping!

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