Wednesday, 24 August 2011

What I'm looking forward to reading

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!


  1. Like you I'm looking forward to seeing the baking book, I'm also quite excited by A S Byatt's Ragnorak, The Real Charlotte by Sommerville and Ross and it's probably time I read some of the virago's I've been collecting recently. Perhaps my first Edith Wharton?

  2. Hello Verity!

    My name is Nicky Wells, and I write to you from Bristol (although originally I hail from Germany). I read your blog with interest, particularly the bits about not having anything good to read, and liking to pick books from obscurity. Perhaps I can help you?

    I have recently published my novel, Sophie's Turn. It's a classic piece of chick lit and tells the honest, funny and occasionally bittersweet story of one young woman's entanglement with a rock star. I guarantee you that the ending will surprise you, and that the story will make you laugh and cry.

    I am working very hard to promote my book (to lift it out of obscurity) and have launched a virtual book tour featuring reviews and interviews. Perhaps you might like to read a preview copy of Sophie's Turn and take part in this tour through a review or interview? Sophie's Turn is currently only available as an e-book (I know, I know, I like paper books better too) so I would be happy to email you a file (pdf, html, word...whatever might work for you).
    Find out more about me at, check out Sophie's Turn on amazon or goodreads, or email me at
    It would be wonderful to hear from you!
    PS: I'm dumping all these details in here in hopes that you are moderating your comments--I couldn't find any other way to contact you.

  3. Hi Verity
    I have copies of Beth Gutcheon's 'Domestic Pleasures' and 'The New Girls' (effectively a school story so you are bound to enjoy it). I enjoyed reading them both, but I am unlikely to read them again, so you are very welcome to have them both. I can send them to your work, if you like, Tessie

  4. Hi Tessie - thank you, thatis ery kind, but I already have thoe two! Unsurprisingly, the school story was one of the ones that leapt out at me!


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