I had a lovely week away in this beautiful cottage (it’s the far right in a terrace of three, with lovely views of the church):
I did lots of reading, and a fair bit of visiting bookshops (although it would have been more if Colin hadn’t intervened…) and bought quite a few books. Many of them came from a wonderful little bookshop in Watton. It wasn’t huge, but it was super-filled with books – double-stacked, hidden under bookcases, piled in corners. In no particular order, and certainly not in the order in the photo, here is what I bought…
Time, Gentlemen, Time by Norah Hoult
I loved There Were No Windows, so I picked up this Hoult – and was excited to see that it was signed and a limited edition for her friends and family. What fun!
A Saturday Life by Radclyffe Hall
I’ve only read one short story by Hall, but I can’t resist a lovely VMC.
No Place Like Home by Beverley Nichols
I must hold the record for the person with the most books by Nichols who hasn’t actually read any.
On the Side of the Angels by Betty Miller
Oops, I think I already have this one.
Heritage by Vita Sackville-West
Oooo, and this one too… I just remember Thomas/My Porch snatching it out of my hands in a Virginia bookshop, and had forgotten that, since then, I’d been given a lovely Bello edition.
Caravan by Lady Eleanor Smith
Does anybody know anything about this book or this author? I picked it up in a charity shop, because I can’t resist a cheap old hardback of a certain age.
Studies of Contemporary Poets by Mary C. Sturgeon
I didn’t notice the ‘poet’ bit of the title until after I’d bought it, but I mostly picked it up for the chapter on Rose Macaulay.
Mrs Bindle by Herbert Jenkins
The Bindles on the Rocks by Herbert Jenkins
I haven’t read Mr Bindle yet, but I loved Patricia Brent, Spinster so much that I’m keen to gather up more.
The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells
This was mentioned in some book I was reading, and it sounded intriguing – it’s about a man who wakes up to find everyone else is dead (I think…)
Three Lives by Lettice Cooper
A Persephone author in an old hardback is not something I am likely to leave behind, is it?
An Interrupted Life: the Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941-43
And the same goes for an actual Persephone that I don’t already own!
Lucy Carmichael by Margaret Kennedy
I thought I already had this, but it appears not – and it might come in handy for Margaret Kennedy Reading Week.
Better Bed Manners by Horton and Balliol
One of the more niche bookish interests I have is in fake etiquette guides. There aren’t all that many around, that I know of (Virginia Graham wrote two gems) – this one will hopefully be as fun as the others!
The Genius and the Goddess by Aldous Huxley
And over to the less-niche books… after Crome Yellow, and discovering Huxley wasn’t all dystopian futures, I thought I’d see what else wasout there.
The Understudy by David Nicholls
Another charity shop purchase – I’ve been meaning to read more Nicholls since enjoying One Day, like everyone else in the country.
Apple of My Eye by Helen Hanff
I thought I had all Hanff’s books, but I hadn’t heard of this one – which is about New York.
Stella Benson by Joy Grant
I’m currently reading my third Benson novel, and – having heard a great talk about her at a conference earlier in the year – I’m keen to read more about her life.
Another World Than This – ed. by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson
SOMEONE is going to have to get me to like poetry, and it might as well be this poetry-loving pair and their anthology.
Many Furrows by Alpha of the Plough
More essays and thoughts by this writer, whose book I enjoyed last year.
William The Bad – Richmal Crompton
William The Outlaw – Richmal Crompton
William in Trouble – Richmal Crompton
I continue to pick these up when I find them cheaply, as you can’t go wrong.
Right! As usual – which have you read, or would you like to read? Tell me all!