The new books are published and the orders are flowing in. We have rearranged the shop, trying to make it a bit lighter now that the days are shorter, and changed the windows; on Thursday the stalwart envelope stuffers came and sent off 4000 Biannuallies abroad, rewarded by chat, lunch, eclairs and books to take home. We missed Sue Rhys very much as she always organised us so admirably and was so wonderful. But life ends and life begins (we are waiting for a new grandchild, again we hope she’ll be called Persephone but aren’t holding our breath).
At the moment things are like this painting by Lesley Banks, it’s called ‘The 39th Week Counting’ 1993 and is at the superb Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow, where we had a great weekend which included the best health food shop/café in the world, Roots & Fruits,
a delicious tea with Kitty the proof reader at the Willow Tea Rooms, a hugely enjoyable performance of Cenerentola at Scottish Opera, and a visit to the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian , of which more on the Post next week,
The Evening Standard had a good feature on London delis e.g. this one:
Furrowed Middlebrow wrote an interesting post about 1941 novels, although the one thing he failed to point out is that many, many books were destroyed by bombs and that is a reason why some are now so hard to find. Emily Rhodes wrote touchingly about her last days working at Daunt before she has her baby (which she has now had – Vita Rose was born last Tuesday; what pleasingly literary names). And Dovegreyreader is putting the talk she gave at Persephone onto four separate days of her blog, this is what she said about Doreen, scroll back for Saplings and then on. Jane Brocket is entrancing us with her new blog, Yarnstorm Press , and was eloquent here about Alan Johnson’s marvelous book This Boy (glad that she also chose The Home-Maker and the novels of Dorothy Whipple as required reading). This month’s Lancashire Life has an article about Dorothy Whipple.
Finally, we watched a superb film on MUBI - Everlasting Moments
and another good film on iTunes – Belle, which is based on these themes and this painting.
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