I’ve opened my first Christmas present – not illicitly, it was Opening Day for a Virago Modern Classics LibraryThing Secret Santa. My Secret Santa was especially Secret. I guessed who it was as soon as I saw their comment, in the thread about it all, that they knew their Santee had too many books already. An accurate description of moi, non? And then my Santa – who also happens to be my supervisor in the Bodleian – texted and asked when my last day was before Christmas. The clues, they accrued! I told Verity my suspicions, and… she threw me off the scent for a day or two. But I was right ;)
And today I opened up a lovely Slighty Foxed edition of The Young Ardizzone by Edward Ardizzone. I know that anything SF publish will be wonderful, so I’m excited about it – and, as I flicked through, I discovered that the first two chapters are set in East Bergholt. It’s a beautiful Suffolk village that my grandparents lived in for about forty years, so I know it pretty well – a lovely coincidence.
Can you tell that I’m delighted with it? Christmas has begun!