Friday, 11 July 2008
Holidays are here!
I'm off to Cornwall tomorrow for a fortnight, so am knee-deep in packing tonight. Should I take wellies? (Yes, obviously). Raincoat? (Ditto). But what about a sundress? (Tempting fate -- the weather forecast is dire). As for the books: well, Gondal-girl has very kindly sent me a book from Australia, which has just arrived and is now top of my list, so it goes something like this:
1. Svengali's Web, by Daniel Pick (thank you Gondal-girl, for proving that the web doesn't kill books, it actually saves them from extinction).
2. Journeyman, by Ewan MacColl (Ewan was my father-in-law; this is his autobiography, which I've decided to re-read, after all these years).
3. The Wouldbegoods, and The Story of the Amulet, by E. Nesbit (both are my original Puffin editions from childhood, so I hope they don't fall apart in my hands).
Yes, I know that's an odd mix, but they're the books asking to be read at the moment. I'm not packing any others, because I want to go and buy some holiday reading from my favourite bookshop, Bookends of Fowey, and catch up with my favourite booksellers, Ann and David Willmore. I'm sure there's also going to be book-buying temptations next Tuesday, when I'm doing an event at Dartington Hall with dovegreyreader. If anything of you are in the West Country, please come! It's at 5pm on July 15th at the Ways With Words festival. And as you might expect, we will be talking about Daphne.