26 January 2017

This Week in Books: The Ups and Downs


I'm so excited about the arrival of a couple of items from Slightly Foxed.  Issue 52 of their quarterly magazine impressed me enough to commit to a subscription.  A personal message from Olivia on a gorgeous woodcut postcard tucked inside was a lovely surprise.  And while I'm not rushing to the end of Vita Sackville-West's All Passion Spent because it's too good for that, I can't wait to start Terms & Conditions.


A few days ago I woke up to the sound of Kip making strange noises around the bookcase in my bedroom.  I thought he had sniffed out an errant dog biscuit, but it was the glue binding my copy of E, H, Young's The Vicar's Daughter.  The one bought on Charing Cross Road and published in 1937...silly boy *sigh*.

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  1. Dear Kip,

    I know that young puppies have to chew things up, but I should let you know that humans are unaccountably fond of the things that they call books. Many years ago, when I was a little puppy, I chewed up a library book and Jane had to pay for a new one. And I dug a little hole in one of the old wall with horsehair plaster in it. They forgive us, because they love us so you don't need to worry, just keep it in mind. Humans are very funny animals.

    Love Briar x

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    1. Oh Briar...words of wisdom from one who knows. As for library books, many have crossed the circulation desk in my years as a clerk. Can you imagine the aromas emanating from a book that's been in one hundred homes? A feast for the senses! Cuddles to Briar, Jane

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  2. Ah, the bookish dog. We once had a dog who loved books. She would inspect each incoming library book. She specialized in chewing large, expensive art books.

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    1. Oh no....not the art books! Dog-eared copies of a Patterson would barely register a flinch but art books...well that would make an owner turn pale. Ouch! Oh well, they're memories you can laugh at later. I'm sure your girl is missed, despite being a bit of a monkey.

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  3. Silly Kip! And I got my copy of T & C this week too, with a note from Katie. How nice was that??!

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    1. SO nice! I was really impressed as they must be so busy catching up with orders after being closed for Christmas and New Year. Enjoy your book, Audrey....I am!

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  4. You won't be disappointed with Slightly Foxed, Darlene. I have T & C in the "definitely reading next" pile, probably after Tirzah.

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    1. It was so cold and windy yesterday morning, perfect for a pot of tea and settling in with my SF magazine. Sarah Perry's article on EJH and the Cazalet series is excellent! Hope you're enjoying Tirzah's writing, but how could you not.

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  5. That's my least favourite EH Young but I'd still find it hard to forgive.

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    1. I'll be thankful then that it's not a copy of Chatterton Square. I'm not sure what attracted Kip to that specific book but my elderly neighbour says there was a time when fish emulsion was used in glue. Kip gets a sardine every day so Bill might be on to something...

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