Monthly Archives: August 2012

Should I do Dunnett?

One author I have yet to read is Dorothy Dunnett.  I own the first few volumes of the Lymond chronicles thanks to my late Mum. She enjoyed them very much and was re-reading them back then. They are renowned for not being an easy read though, requiring perseverance and frequent referring back or to a guide to remind yourself of… Read more »

Who killed the penguin?

Morgue Drawer Next Door by Jutta Profijt, translated from the German by Erik J Macki. This unusual crime novel is narrated by Pascha – he used to be a car thief – the best young one in Cologne. Pascha has become a sort of detective, teaming up with Dr Martin Gänsewein, a forensic examiner for the city. They have a bit… Read more »

John Wilson does it again

The highlight of last year’s Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall for me was the John Wilson Orchestra, who performed a night of Hollywood film music. I was lucky enough to get tickets for my Dad and me, and we enjoyed every minute. For the Proms this year, Wilson relocated from the West coast to the East – and… Read more »

“Summer fling, don’t mean a thing, But, oh, oh, the summer nights”

August is a Wicked Month by Edna O’Brien When I came across this short novel published in 1965, in a bag of books from my late Mum’s, I had to read it straight away for two reasons.  The obvious one is the title – it’s August – when better to read it.  The more compelling one however, was the cover… Read more »

Saatchi on Saatchi

Annabel   19th August 2012   3 Comments on Saatchi on Saatchi

My Name is Charles Saatchi and I am an Artoholic: Everything You Need to Know About Art, Ads, Life, God and Other Mysteries and Weren’t Afraid to Ask by Charles Saatchi The title of this little volume may be a bit of a mouthful, but former ad-man, now the foremost UK collector and exhibitor of modern art, Saatchi is a… Read more »

Mid-book cull – pause for a giggle or three…

As you may have surmised, I’m in the throes of having a major book cull. I gave seven bags full to my daughter’s school fête back in June, and have been working my way through the other piles, double-stacked shelves and bags over the past weeks.  I’ve sorted out some worth selling via various routes (including the tab above), loads… Read more »

An evening with Vera and Jimmy … and Ann Cleeves

I spent a great evening hearing about two fictional British detectives yesterday. Two totally different people – the frumpy, middle-aged Vera Stanhope (pronounced Stannup) from Northumberland, and the descendant a Spanish sailor from the Armada who was shipwrecked at Fairisle in the Shetlands. Both were created by Ann Cleeves, who had escaped for the evening from a writers retreat at… Read more »

Books for sale…

Annabel   15th August 2012   5 Comments on Books for sale…

Today, dearest readers, I crave your indulgence … Although I do take bags and bags of books to the charity shop, there are many that I want to clear out that I could raise a few bob from rather than giving away. I have listings on Amazon – but have to be able to charge a minimum of £2.50+P&P to… Read more »

A dystopian psychodrama that packs a punch…

I Have Waited, and You Have Come by Martine McDonagh Set in a near future where global warming has wreaked Mother Nature’s revenge on the Earth and made large parts of the globe uninhabitable due to rising water levels, Rachel lives alone in a old mill in the Yorkshire Dales. Jacob used to live with her but he left. Rachel… Read more »

A day out in London with much Wenlocking…

My daughter and I planned a day out in London yesterday: arrive just in time for lunch at Ed’s Easy Diner in Soho – burgers and shakes and good music 50s style, then up to Madame Tussaud’s (which I’ve never been to), then taking advantage of the Kids go Free offer on at many West End theatres in August (click… Read more »