I haven’t told you about my latest book acquisitions for simply ages. I went to a book sale today at a local church hall, and came away with a bagful, so I thought it was an ideal time to share what’s new on the bookshelves at Gaskell Towers …
Pile, the first – my haul from the booksale…
- Shepherd of Guadaloupeby Zane Grey – another classic Western
- Ransomby David Malouf, a reworking of some of scenes from Homer’s Iliad.
- The House of Sight and Shadowby Nicholas Griffin, set in 18th century London, it follows an anatomist and his student and their murky dealings with the underworld.
- A Long Way from Veronaby Jane Gardam, a short novel about a young woman becoming a writer after the war.
- Long Summer Day (Horseman Riding By 1)by R F Delderfield. Seriously chunky, the first part of his ‘A horseman riding by’ trilogy, chronicling the life and times of a Victorian squire and the start of the 20th century.
- Marjorie Morningstar (Hodder Great Reads)by Herman Wouk.
- A Rich Full Death by Michael Dibdin – not an Aurelio Zen novel, this one is set in 19th C Florence and features poet Robert Browning.
- Crippen by John Boyne, a fictional account of the notorious murderer, my next book to review for the Transworld book club.
- Brideshead Abbreviated: The Digested Read of the Twentieth Century by John Crace – a collection of his wonderfully funny ‘Digested Read’ columns from the Guardian.
- Greybeard (S.F. Masterworks) by Brian Aldiss – he was at the Kennington (nr Oxford) Literary Festival last week. I couldn’t go, but got a signed book from the bookshop later.
- The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. Heard a lot about this one, and it sounds my kind of book!
- Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick – a new book from him is always a treat to look forward to. A love story across the centuries, for teens and upwards.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This novel which combines text with vintage photographs could be a gimmick, but it was intriguing enough to pick up…
- Death Comes to Pemberleyby P D James. It’s rare that I pluck up courage to ask a publisher for a review copy of a book, but the minute I heard about the Baroness’s latest, I couldn’t resist. Set after P&P, Lizzie and D’Arcy are married and when a distraught Lydia arrives at the ball saying that Wickham has been murdered, they have to solve the crime. Thanks to Faber. This will be the next book I read!
Have you read any of the above?
What have you added to your TBR piles lately?