Thanks for your votes on the impromptu Jane Austen poll, still not sure if the poll is itself working, so do pop your favourite JA novel in the comments too. And still a bit of time to get your hands on a copy of Travelling Light by Tove Jansson here - I (or Patch) will do the draw for the Weekend Miscellany.
Today - and I can't believe it's taken me this long, given how very excited I am about this - we'll be turning our attention to the latest Bloomsbury Group titles! If you've been living under a rock for a year, then perhaps you aren't familiar with this group of early-20th century reprints, including the oh-so-wonderful Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker.
Well, there are now a further four books in the series, with a rather exciting and bright aesthetic that I love. And the return of Penelope Beech's brilliant cover illustrations - that gal is jus too darn talented. Here are those four....
Henrietta Sees It Through by Joyce Dennys
Everyone raved about Henrietta's War, myself included, and so we're delighted to see Bloomsbury reprint the second volume. I'd love to see them do more and more Joyce Dennys...
Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris by Paul Gallico
I've had this on my shelves for ages - but a lovely Bloomsbury Group reprint is just the catalyst I need to move it up the pile. A charlady saves up to travel to Paris, and a Cinderella story begins... (Also has one of the sequels included)
Mrs. Ames by E.F. Benson
You know how much I love Mr. Benson, and this one comes with the seal of approval from Elaine at Random Jottings. The blurb starts 'Reigning over a social merry-go-round of dinners and parties...' and I just know the pen which crafted Mapp and Lucia has provided another gem.
Let's Kill Uncle by Rohan O'Grady
What a great title! An orphan goes to stay with his uncle, and is sure that his uncle intends to kill him... and wants to get in first. Dastardly!
I'm so excited about this continuing publishing venture - and I hope you are too. Which of these are you most looking forward to? And what would you like to see in the future?
I amuse myself sometimes by thinking what I'd include in my own reprint publishing company in thirty or forty years' time... I suppose my 50 Books You Must Read! (Dad pointed out that none have been added since last October.. oops! I'll have to wrack my brains...)