Well I wanted to mark my birthday by doing something interesting. I am already planning several travels through the year, but can’t afford 40 of those… So, books it is. Continue reading why 40 books?
A film version of this has recently been released. I’ve only seen the trailers, and I hope the whole film does the book more justice. Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans is set in wartime.
Wicked Autumn by G M Malliet was a chance find at the Oxfam shop. It was hit and miss as it looked like it could be really good – again, had a dog on the cover (are we sensing a pattern?!) Also, it sounded like it was set in a rural village similar to where I grew up.
I picked up the second one first because of the title – Last Tango in Aberystwyth – which reminded me of a recent game I had been playing with a friend which became known as the Last Time I was in Aberystwyth. She won. And, also, who doesn’t like saying the name Aberystwyth? So I had to get the first book in the series – Aberystwyth Mon Amour – or it wouldn’t make any sense, obviously. They are both by Malcolm Pryce. Luckily the excellent Oxfam bookshop had both. Hurrah!
I got this book – Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson – in a beautiful bookshop in Bath on the way to the train station. My friend had suggested a book on the Mitford sisters and so I got this one. Having compared notes, I don’t think this is the one she meant, but it was still interesting.
Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James is the closest I could get to an Austen novel for my trip to Bath. I have read all her books decades ago. I wasn’t certain about a sequel, but I thought I’d give it ago, in the interests of this experiment. I was going to see a friend for her own 40th celebrations.
This small book packs a mighty punch as it is the story of one woman’s experiences as part of the Italian resistance during the second world war. She also spent time in a concentration camp. I bought the book on a visit to the National Holocaust Centre, earlier this year.