Fleur Fisher wrote recently about a Margaret Kennedy Reading Week in October. The post caught my eye but I confess that not having the slightest knowledge about Kennedy's writing style, or anything else, it quickly slipped my mind. Then I spied these two books! The Constant Nymph is supposed to be her masterpiece but the synopsis of Together and Apart sounds incredibly appealing...
'It is 1936, and in British society the decision to divorce still constitutes a major disgrace - an alternative to be considered only in cases of scandalous adultery. But Betsy Canning decides almost unconsciously to leave her husband.
Thirty-seven-year-old Betsy is married to Alec, a famous West End lyricist. They have all the comforts of British middle-class life between the wars. But Betsy is tired: the three children, their servants, their homes in Hampstead and Wales, the circle of Alec's theatrical friends - all make eternal demands upon her.'
I would be willing to put up with an eternal demand or two for that sort of life! So that's me joining in for the reading week and learning a bit about Margaret Kennedy. And then last but not least is...
The poor thing on the cover looks so miserable I was tempted to fetch her a tissue but grabbed a Black-Eyed Susan instead. As I wrote earlier, our 'English' summer is swiftly coming to an end and with temperatures hovering around a chilly 13C in the evening it's time to sort out some autumnal reading. East Lynne has had some fairly stellar reviews so hopefully it fits the bill nicely. Once again with the theme of divorce and scandal, but in this case during the Victorian era, October is shaping up to be filled with all sorts of anguish and despair.
Tucking my new books into my long-suffering husband's backpack we walked to Yorkville in search of a pub we found on the internet called The Oxley.
The interior was cosy and the food - so delicious. I couldn't resist trying the kedgeree while sipping a mimosa. Go ahead and laugh but the dish is mentioned every now and then on Downton Abbey and it's just not something you see very often - or ever - on menus in Toronto; so needs must! From the warm welcome when we walked in, to the offer of some ice for the bee sting on my cheek (honestly, I did nothing to deserve such an offence) to the friendly and knowledgeable servers, it was such a delightful place to lunch that we can't wait to go back!
Black clouds were forming overhead and rain had started to fall. Luckily for us we had a quick five-minute walk to the cinema to see The Trip to Italy starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan. The first show had sold out, our showing was packed and there were throngs of people waiting to get into the next show. I can only imagine the miserable weather had everyone thinking the Amalfi coast on screen would lift their spirits...and it did.