I was wondering how to write about the book I'm reading at the moment, and Paperback Reader gave me this idea, which is explained in more detail here. Paperback Reader explained it to me as "something that would tease and intrigue blog readers and perhaps convince them to read the book".
I picked up Penelope Mortimer's Pumpkin Eater earlier in the library. Mainly because I was looking for a book on my "I want to read list" by her, which I couldn't get hold of (and can't now remember why I wanted), so I thought I'd see if there was anything else by her. I note also that she has written Daddy's gone a-hunting which Persephone books have published.
Anyway, to do the Teaser.
" "We're off to Gstadt on Friday for a spot of skiing"...
...He beamed at me, persuasive, bland as a salesman leaving a free sample"
Otherwise what is new from cardigan girl's world of books and other things?
It's been an up and down sort of day but there have been some nice moments in there:
* I finally got around to taking a disposable camera into Boots to be developed; it's been languishing on the side since I got my digital camera, and I was pleased to find out that the original purchase price included developing, and not just developing, but the one hour service, so I was able to go and pick my pictures up after work and relive a couple of weekends away earlier this year.
* After enjoying the Blenheim tri and seeing how much my support meant to my boyfriend I decided yesterday to accompany him to the London tri even though it is a longer event and less spectator friendly. However, as it involved an early start, I asked if we could stay in a hotel. We've got a really good deal on a hotel...but I looked it up on tripadvisor and it has distinctly mixed reviews!!
* Popped into the Red Cross shop on my way back from lunch - it's worth going in most days as although there are books which have been sitting there for months, there is also quite a quick turnover. Anyway, I got a copy of Old Filth by Jane Gardam for £1.25. It's a bit battered, and is probably the one of hers that least appeals to me, but I think I would like to read it in due coruse, and it will help to complete the collection.
* My car should be de-dented tomorrow, which will be nice. I'm not driving much at the moment but my car is very much "my" space and I do love driving when I am out.
* I've found a really yummy looking rhubarb and ginger cake which I think I shall make for the triathlete once we've finished the millionaire's shortbread. Rhubarb = fruit = healthy...
*I've also just booked a place on a talk at a bookshop in Woodstock up the road from me next week - Francesca Kay and Mark Mills are discussing their recent novels, An equal stillness and The information officer. I've thought both of these looked interesting so it could be a good event. I haven't been to an author talk for a while, in fact I haven't been out in the evening for a while (once I think in the last few months), so it will be good if I manage to go!
Mavis Gallant’s “Madeline’s Bithday” (1951)
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