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Back to bookish things now … My thoughts are now beginning to turn towards summer holidays. We’re going to Fowey in Cornwall for a week towards the end of July. A certain Cornish author famously lived in the area, indeed I have a book she wrote about the county purloined from my Mum, (see right).
The question is, if I choose one Du Maurier book to take with me to read on holiday, which one should it be? I have read Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, and Jamaica Inn – but all of them many years ago. Rebecca excepted, I can’t remember much about the others, so I would be happy to re-read them. Or would you suggest another of her books for a holiday read? Do let me know.
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And lastly, a selection from my incoming pile, which includes a couple of books I just had to order from other bloggers’ recent posts:
- Forgetting Zoe by Ray Robinson. I was introduced to this wonderful contemporary author via Scott Pack’s blog, and you can find an interview with Ray about this, his latest book here. His first two novels (Electricity and The Man Without are challenging in subject matter - but both got five stars from me they were that good – so high expectations of his third.
- War with the Newts by Karel Capek – the inventor of the word/concept ‘Robot’ in his 1921 work Rossum’s Universal Robots. War with the Newts is glowingly reviewed by John Self at Asylum here.
- How Bad Are Bananas?: The carbon footprint of everything by Mike Berners-Lee. I love good popular science books, and this timely one has garnered good reviews and sounds fascinating and scary as the things analysed within are rated in increasing carbon footprint. I daren’t look at the contents to find out what’s at the end, but I’m sure it’ll be an interesting journey!
- Joe Speedboat by Tommy Wieringa, translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett. Wieringa is from Aruba, a former Dutch colony off the coast of Venezuela which looks idyllic in my Lonely Planet Travel Book. This is a coming of age story, and sounds charming and eccentric.