An A to Z of Books and Events and Other Things

A is for AUTUMN. The weather has definitely turned here on the Cornish coast, and the evenings are drawing in.

Dorothy HowellB is for BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE. His own music has passed me by, but I was very taken by his selection of tracks for 6 Music’s Playlist last Sunday.

C is for COUNTRY HOUSES. I’m moving up the library queue for a copy of Adrian Tinniswood’s ‘The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House Between the Wars’ – I’ve progressed from 19th to 11th.

D is for DOROTHY HOWELL. I was delighted to be introduced to her by this post.

E is for ELIZABETH BERRIDGE. When I realised that I hadn’t read a Persephone Book or a collection of short stories for the year I knew that I had to take action. I picked up Elizabeth Berridge’s collection of stories from the 1940s – ‘Tell it to a Stranger’ – and I am so pleased that I did.

fm03-rachel-ferguson-a-harp-in-lowndes-squareF is for THE FURROWED MIDDLEBROW PRESS is looking wonderfully collectable, with books by Frances Faviell, Rachel Ferguson and Winifred Peck soon to re-enter the world.

G is for GARTER STITCH. I have the yarn line up to knit a very simple – and very classic – jacket.

H is for HARRY RUTHERFORD caught my home town very accurately and from an angle I don’t think I’ve ever seen, when he painted the view looking back to town from the end of the pier

I is for IN PROGRESS. My major knitting project of the moment is a lovely sweater names Scilly.

this-oneJ is for JEAN RHYS READING WEEK is in progress and, though it wasn’t the right time for me, it is lovely to see so many people reading her books.

K is for KNITTING ALONG. The Picture This KAL is turning many knitters’ images into lovely knitwear. My own inspiration was bookish ….

L is for JOHN LAVERY. After reading about him in Jane Harris’s ‘Gillespie and I’ I spotted his autobiography in the library’s art collection. It looks very promising.

M is for MARY STEWART. Celebrations for her centenary begin on Saturday, and I  shall be reading ‘Airs Above The Ground’.

N is for THE 1947 CLUB is coming soon and, though I seem to have more books from 1946 and 1948, I have found a couple of interesting possibilities.

airsabovethegroundO is for ONLY FOUR MORE BOOKS to the end of Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage!

P is for PLANNING A PROJECT. I think that next year might be my year of reading Virago Travellers

Q is for THE QUINCUNX by Charles Palliser.  I picked up my copy from the shelf a few days ago because I think that the time and the season to read it is coming very soon.

R is for THE REMEDIES by Katharine Towers. This lovely little book of verse caught my eye in the library last weekend.

S is for SQUIRREL. Since their favourite tree in the park was cut down the squirrel population has spread out, and we have even seen one in our little sea-front garden. It ran along the top of the bench, jumped on to a spade that the Man of the House had left stuck into the ground, the along the wall and over into the garden next door.

unseeingT is for THYNNE. I didn’t really need to find another must-read author from the Golden Age of crime fiction but I have, and her name is Molly Thynne.

U is for THE UNSEEING by Anna Mazzola. It’s sitting on my bedside table, and it looks like just the right book for this time of year.

V is for VIRAGO SECRET SANTA. I know it’s early but I have to let you know that your new Virago Elves – Cate and I – will be starting the ball rolling next month; so do keep an eye on the LibraryThing Virago group. Old hands and newcomers will all be very welcome!

W is for WOOLLY DOZEN. I’m knitting my tenth hat in between other projects, and one day – when I have my dozen – I’ll make sure they are all photographed and give them a post of their own.

arka_1_medium2X is for EXHIBITION.  Compass’d by the Inviolate Sea was wonderful, and Penlee House is wise to follow that with something else very different and interesting for quite different reasons. I’m looking forward to visiting Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Scottish Artist in St Ives.

Y is for YOUNG IN ALL THE WRONG WAYS by Sara Watkins: a lovely recent addition to my life’s soundtrack.

Z is for ZINNIA. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that Zinnia is Briar’s pedigree name. Her breeder chose a different letter of the alphabet to name each litter of puppies.

13 thoughts on “An A to Z of Books and Events and Other Things

  1. The Adrian Tinniswood book does look good, doesn’t it? I’m also waiting… I haven’t read very much Mary Stewart so I just picked one –‘The Rose Cottage’ — with an appealing name. Looking forward to curling up with it, though I wish it would feel more autumnal here while I do! We’re just being teased, and then it’s summer again.


  2. Excellent post Jane! As usual I added a couple more in my To -Read Lisr! Should you read Virago Travelers next year, I will give you company. I have started a companion blog on Women and their travels and these books seem just the thing!! As always, you keep introducing me to such awesome new thing!


  3. I liked your ref. to Mary Stewart.I have read 4 of her books and keep meaning to read more.I did not realise it was her centenary.I have read TOUCH NOT THE CAT THORNEYHOLD THE IVY TREE GABRIEL HOUNDS.The last one i did not like so much that is why i have not progressed with her books.


  4. I’m reading Airs Above the Ground for Mary Stewart’s centenary too – I’m a few chapters in and enjoying it so far. I’ll look forward to seeing what you choose to read for the 1947 Club and I would also be interested to hear what you think of The Quincunx. I read it years ago and have been considering a re-read.


  5. Ah, thank you for reminding me of The 1947 Club. Now I have time to find the books I have set aside for it at the end of the last Club and pick one to read. And that beautiful gray hat makes me wish I had the patience, skill, and time for knitting.


  6. So many goodies here–particularly loved the feature of Howell, and Airs Above the Ground! Oh my, does that take me on a nostalgic journey. I think that might be my favorite Mary Stewart. Thanks for such an informative post!


  7. I’m glad to hear you liked Tell it to a Stranger because I plan to read it for the 1947 club! I was hoping to read a Mary Stewart this week but I have to speed read my book club book instead. I’ll enjoy seeing everyone’s posts, though.


  8. I am seeing this rather belatedly, but wanted to put in a plug for The Quincunx by Palliser. I have not enjoyed his other novels nearly as much, but this one is so deeply absorbing and so nicely Victorian. I hope you get to it. It’s a big book but reads quickly.


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