Holiday books

A perfectly normal number of books for less than a week away. And all for preexisting collections/sets.

Excellent haul!

Kent has some excellent second hand book shops! In Hawksworth, there’s a lovely charity shop where I picked up the Ladybird for adults and a Dorothy L Sayers. Then as mentioned yesterday, King’s English in Canterbury - which is not only a terrific book shop, but is also raising money specifically for a noble cause … Continue reading Excellent haul!

Found – Little Lost Bear named Rupert

Today I visited Canterbury for the first time. What a place! From the cathedral to the art galleries to this truly amazing second hand book shop (Kings English - they sell books to raise money for the homeless - and I found an original Fontana cover Agatha Christie as well as several Dorothy L Sayers!) … Continue reading Found – Little Lost Bear named Rupert

Newly collecting – Lord Peter Wimsey

This is absolutely, definitely and completely my book clubs fault. We read String Poison for an LBC3Reads last year (and have Gaudy Night for this month) and I couldn’t possibly not read them in order… 6 down…about 9 to go!

‘Silenced’ voice of Great War poet to be heard for first time | First world war | The Guardian

Ivor Gurney’s writings from an asylum were ignored. But a new study reveals their genius — Read on amp.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/02/silenced-voice-ivor-gurney-great-war-poet This is going to be fascinating!

Samuel Beckett’s Birthday

Spotted on Twitter with no source. But it’s marvellous! Beckett - I can’t go on Mrs Doyle - ah, go on Beckett - I’ll go on

EVENT – Online talk – Johny Pitts – Afropean

Huddersfield Literary Festival has booked in Johny Pitts for a free event discussing his book Afropean - Notes from Black Europe. I've not read this yet but have heard that it’s a great book, which will be of interest to all, but particularly students interested in photography and social sciences courses. Afropean also won the … Continue reading EVENT – Online talk – Johny Pitts – Afropean

By Heart – Sonnet 130 – My Mistress’ Eyes are nothing like the Sun

A proper treat for you tonight! As part of my By Heart project, I decided to revisit my favourite Shakespearean Sonnet - 130 (yes, I was exactly the teenager you’re imagining). This was no doubt influenced by my Aunt and cousin watching 10 Things I Hate About You and instantly thinking of me. I enjoyed … Continue reading By Heart – Sonnet 130 – My Mistress’ Eyes are nothing like the Sun

Film Night – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Just finished Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre for our first #LBC3Reads of the year (Saturday, 16th, 12.30pm via zoom!). So have given myself a night off to give the 2011 film a shot. The cast is a bit impressive - Gary Oldman - George Smiley.Kathy Burke - Connie Sachs.Benedict Cumberbatch - Peter … Continue reading Film Night – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

LBC 3 Reads – By The Numbers

My bestie – and occasional Book Club member (it’s tricky, what with living in a whole other country); occasional reviewer and perennial challenge setter – is a bit of a whiz with numbers. She has gone through our reads from 2012 – 2020 and put an order to them! Thanks so much to Laini!! We … Continue reading LBC 3 Reads – By The Numbers