There will be book reviews here soon – promise. This week has been insanely busy and it’s my daughter’s birthday and the next issue of Shiny New Books next week – but I am reading, just no time for blogging much. However, today I’m going to plug an extremely worthwhile campaign that I’m sure you’ll all hear a lot more about in coming days.
Waterstones have teamed up with lots of publishers and lovely authors to raise money for Oxfam to support their work in Syria. 100% of the proceeds from sales of all the books on the list will be donated. Find out more about the campaign and the full list of titles available here: Buy Books For Syria.
I was invited to champion a particular book on the list. More on my second another time, but my first choice is:
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Not one of Chevalier’s best known books, it was published in 2003 and I read it pre-blog. I really enjoyed it though, because it features the creation of my favourite things in Paris – the wonderful La Dame à la Licorne tapestries at the Musée National du Moyen Âge formerly known as the Musée de Cluny. The set of tapestries are all housed in one large room, and I could sit there for hours contemplating them.
The six tapestries represent the five senses, plus one last one called À mon seul désir, pictured right. The style is mille-fleurs and they date from the end of the 15th century. They were woven in Flanders and this is where Chevalier’s book is set. Like many of Chevalier’s novels, there is a mixture of art and romance, in this case a forbidden romance between the tapestry-maker and the daughter of the nobleman who commissions them.
Little is truly known of their provenance, so Chevalier is able to weave a great story from the bare threads (!)
If you’d like to support the campaign and buy this book – Click on the picture below which will take you to the edition in this promotion where you can ‘click and collect’ or pop into your local Waterstones.