I am missing Mister Litlove, who has gone away for the best part of the week on a sailing holiday with work colleagues. I had written some other stuff about this, but decided that it was too whiney and wimpish for words, so we’ll leave it at that.
Anyway, let’s look instead at some of my new books. Or new to me, at least, in several cases. First of all, non-fiction. I draw your attention to the HUGE book at the bottom of the pile which is the recently published history of my college, and a free copy to boot because I am a member. My son took one look at it and quipped that it was clearly a day-by-day history of the past five hundred years, and he may well be right.
Next we have the fiction pile. I can’t be bothered to write out all the titles, sorry, but some of the ones you can’t see so well include Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Siri Hustvedt’s The Summer Without Men, Ms Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (about a teacher at a New York school, looks fab), Rose Tremain’s Trespass, The Finkler Question, Naomi Alderman’s The Lessons, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Darcy O’Brien’s A Way of Life, Like Any Other, and Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph. Actually I nearly did them all and Truman Capote should have been in the other pile, shouldn’t he? Naughty Truman.
And finally, for the two or three people who are interested in that sort of thing, here are the French novels I’ve acquired this year. I go for ages these days without buying, or indeed reading, anything French, and then I am overcome with need for something new and interesting.
Are those pictures as blurry as I think they are? Sorry! Photography not my forte! Fortunately I’m currently reading a wonderful book, The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe, which is a cult classic concerning five young career girls working in a New York publishing office. Warmly recommended, although I will review it properly next week. Any suggestions as to where I should start on my most recent tbr piles?