I thought I'd give you a couple of days to enjoy the photos - and to justify the time it took to gather them up and post them! And it's another review-free day (although there's a little pile waiting for my attention) because, of course, we're going to have a book, a link, and a blog post.
1.) The book - was mentioned to me by regular blog-reader Susan (I don't think you have a blog, do you Susan? I'll throw a link in later if you do!) It's called Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer, published back in 2006. It's about Mercer's nine months living and working at the Shakespeare & Co. bookshop, and sounds wonderful.
Oo, I've just done a hunt and discovered that it's the same as Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs, just under a different title. This is an instance of the American publisher coming up with a much nicer title than the English one, don't you think? Time Was Soft There is much more evocative, AND, though both books have cats on the cover, it is more prominent on the American edition. Case settled.
2.) The link - comes courtesy of my fellow dove, Sarah. Here it is. Fancy living in a beautiful house which was once home to 'tangled lives of the Bloomsbury set'? (oh, Telegraph, what a way you have with euphemism). Well, Sarah and I have pooled our resources, so we're looking for another dozen or so people to help us take this place off the market...
3.) The blog post - is Hayley at Desperate Reader and her thoughts on the Flavour Thesaurus. Niki Segnit has done with flavours something akin to the colour circle - what goes with what etc., including some surprises. I'd seen a little review of it elsewhere, but they cited parsnips and banana as an example, which made me feel sick. This would be true of parsnips with (or, indeed, without) anything. But Hayley mentions that there is a section on lime, which is me sold.