Stuck-in-a-Book’s Weekend Miscellany

Here is a whole bunch of things to delight you this weekend. Truth be told, I noted most of these down last weekend – but hopefully they’re still relevant!

1.) I’ve only read one Josephine Tey novel (which I don’t think I’ve reviewed yet, have I?) but others of you with more Tey knowledge might well be excited by this article in Vanity Fair (and a forthcoming biography!)

2.) The Booker shortlist came out a while ago. And Lila wasn’t on it. Which is rather embarrassing for them. C’mon, Booker judges, history is gonna think you were rather silly about this one.

3.) Cartoons that imagine what would happen if your CEO were a cat.

4.) If you have access to Channel 4 online, then Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages is a must-see. The series has finished now but plenty of episodes are available online. It sounds like a spoof, but it’s not: Penelope Keith wanders from village to village, marvelling over their histories and meeting old folk who remember the good old days. Plus everywhere is beautiful.

5.) Do check out a fascinating essay Victoria/Litlove has written in Numero Cinq on four types of liars.

Oh, and I’m very excited at the response to The 1924 Club! I’m hoping for lots of unexpected books to be unearthed – so do keep hunting on your bookshelves.

 

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

    • October 10, 2015 at 11:04 pm
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      Glad you enjoyed it, Karen :)

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  • October 10, 2015 at 8:15 am
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    Great article on Josephine Tey of whom I’m a huge fan. Vey excited to hear there’ll be a biography though I can’t find any info on it anywhere! Thanks for the link.

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    • October 10, 2015 at 11:04 pm
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      It’s only mentioned in passing, isn’t it? Very mysterious.

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  • October 10, 2015 at 8:32 am
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    I watched series one of Penelope Keith’s series twice and will do the same for her 2nd series.
    Really entertaining show and she is wonderful.Is she a dame yet?

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    • October 10, 2015 at 8:53 am
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      Yes she is a Dame—–.I am sure the tv “credits” do not say this.Unlike SIR Tony Robinson.

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    • October 10, 2015 at 11:05 pm
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      She is indeed! Only a year or two ago, and not before time.

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  • October 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm
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    I must say that I am never easily “thrilled” or “excited” but by real events that bring joy, happiness or other very strnog feeling – and yet,I am French and not British!
    Then I am puzzled by the choice of one year of book publishing. I have written (“tongue in cheek”) a blog about it:
    http://camilledefleurville.blogspot.fr/2015/10/in-which-i-discover-i-am-not-good-book.html
    and will try to go further in another blog.
    But WHY one year and not a decade, for instance? In depth (and in breadth) links could be more usefully made, couldn’t they? Or perhaps I have a trend of synthesis that is mostly French, American, Canadian, etc. ?

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    • October 10, 2015 at 11:09 pm
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      Thanks for your comments! I chose a year because I think we can all get stuck a bit in vertical reading – seeing how a work speaks about an author’s life, and where it fits in their career, or whatever. A single year will allow us to read horizontally, and give a snapshot of literary history – it won’t provide a single answer about 1924, of course, but it will hopefully give an interesting overview, in the way that a decade would be too much of a baggy monster to provide. But it’s not for everyone! (And you have lost me with ‘a trend of synthesis’, I’m afraid!)

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  • October 10, 2015 at 3:06 pm
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    I’m just starting a Josephine Tey phase having a.) found a green penguin only this morning and b.) listening to Nicola Upson’s book as a BBC Radio dramatisation on my iPod at night. That was a v. interesting read and I clearly have a lot to learn, reading between the lines, in her books.

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    • October 10, 2015 at 11:09 pm
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      Oh, fun! Nothing like a green Penguin, is there?

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  • October 11, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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    Thank you for article about Josephine Tey. I’ve read all of her novels numerous times. Every time I pick one up, it’s like meeting an old friend. You are in for a treat when you do read the rest. Which one have you read?

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  • October 13, 2015 at 1:36 pm
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    Thank you for the lovely link! That’s so kind of you. I really like Josephine Tey’s novels, especially to listen to on audiobook. She suits that format when lots don’t.

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