When it came to choosing a name out of a hat there were an awful lot of contenders for the job around here. But after careful consideration with my son we decided that the cats simply weren’t to be trusted and so we called in a delegation from the penguin army. Here they are, squaring up to the task.
The snout you can see here on the far left of the picture belongs to the polar bear we brought in as an independent adjudicator. Because let’s face it, not so very much happens in the lives of those penguins and they were pretty overexcited, I can tell you.
Just as well there was some policing going on, as the draw got a bit out of hand.
The eventual winner out of the scrum was Margaret from Books Please!
So, Margaret, if you could possibly let me know your address by emailing me on litlove1 atyahoo dotco dotuk that would be wonderful.
Congratulations! I hope you really enjoy the novel.
A few bloggers expressed an interest in my Christmas books, and so here is a picture of this year’s crop. Don’t they look just gorgeous?
They are, in ascending order: Stravinsky’s Lunch by Drusilla Modjeska, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Sommerscale, Things The Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett (memoirs of the lead singer of the Eels), Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden, Vanessa and Virginia by Susan Sellers, Indian Summer by William Dean Howells, The Door by Magda Szabo, Daniel Martin by John Fowles, Rabbit, Run by John Updike, For Kings and Planets by Ethan Canin, The Aleph by Borges, Mariana by Monica Dickens, Shakespeare’s Wife by Germaine Greer, My Voice Will Go With You by Sidney Rosen (the teaching stories of my favourite crazy psychotherapist, Milton Erickson), then A Big Storm Knocked It Over by Laurie Colwin, which shouldn’t really be there as it just arrived over Christmas, and three books I bought in the sales after swapping presents that were doubles: Clemency Burton-Hill, The Other Side of the Stars, Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence and Luice Whitehouse, The House at Midnight. On top is a cookery book, Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer, in which Jane Brocket has combed all the old children’s classics for the picnic food, suppers, elevenses and teatime cakes they mention and provided recipes for them. It’s her musings about children’s literature that really make the book. I also received from a good blog friend a copy of a Fred Vargas crime novel, but I’m reading it at the moment, so it’s not on the pile. I’m intending to have a VERY quiet January so I can read as many of them as possible!
A very happy book-filled 2009 to everyone!