I had a dismal trip to the library on Monday, and came away with just one more Maeve Binchy, which I've already read, so that has not cured my desire to find something good to read (I'm rereading things from my shelves and gazing dismally at my VMCs which are currently not exciting me very much!). But I had a little shop on Amazon and bought a couple of things, and I also thought of a couple of things which I'm looking forward to when they're coming out, so I shall write about them today. And perhaps you could tell me what you are looking forward to - it doesn't have to be recent, it can be something you're waiting for at the library or something that you have on your TBR pile.
I bought two of the BEAUTIFUL new Stella Gibbons reissues from Vintage. I'm not a fan of Cold Comfort Farm at all, so I didn't buy those sequels, but I did enjoy Nightingale Wood, so I thought I might enjoy these two:
I've been reading my way slowly through the books of Beth Gutcheon, since reading Still Missing, after it was republished by Persephone. None of them seem to be readily available in the UK, so I have to slowly buy them from Amazon when I have spare pennies, and none quite pack the punch of Still Missing but they are still hugely enjoyable.
I'm looking forward to reading the new Fiona Cairns book when it comes out in September - I loved her last book. It's not fiction but enjoyable nonetheless....
Also on the non fiction front, I spotted this book a little while ago which is out at the start of October. I love Pantone colours and apparently this book is a "rich visual tour of one hundred transformative years. From the Pale Gold (15-0927 TPX) and Almost Mauve (12-2103 TPX) of the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris to the Rust (18-1248 TPX) and Midnight Navy (19-4110 TPX) of the countdown to the Millennium, the 20th century brimmed with color. Longtime PANTONE collaborators and colour gurus Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker identify more than 200 touchstone works of art, products and fashion and carefully match them with official PANTONE palettes to reveal the trends, radical shifts, and resurgences of various hues.. "
And of course I'll be looking forward to the new Persephone books - I have already read Greenbanks but Dorothy Whipples definitely bear rereading!
Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
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