Monday, 17 October 2011
I briefly mentioned Bloomsbury's latest project the other day - Bloomsbury Reader - and now I'll hand over to their press release to tell you a bit more, before recommending the titles which have Stuck-in-a-Book approval...
Actually, I'll save time. Here is their Press Release. To summarise: it's a good idea.
And it's all very exciting for those of you who have e-readers. I'll be cheering from the sidelines. And now for my subjective bit... amongst their many upcoming titles are many I know nothing about, but also some books I think are brilliant, but which haven't previously been the easiest to track down. Here is my brief selection from Bloomsbury Reader...
Faster! Faster! by E.M. Delafield
One of my favourite of EMD's non-Provincial Lady books, this novel tells of career-woman Claudia and her mid-life crisis. Some sad scenes, some of EMD's irrepressible humour, and a title taken from Through the Looking-Glass to boot. If you buy one Bloomsbury Reader title, make it this one. (They're also doing Women Are Like That and No One Now Will Know, but I've not read those yet...)
Told By An Idiot by Rose Macaulay
Ok, being totally honest I haven't actually read this, but I've read enough of RM's other novels to know that she's all-round great. Very dry, very witty, and generally needs more attention from the blogging world and the reading world at large.
any of the titles by Ivy Compton-Burnett
It's no secret that I adore Dame Ivy and, to be honest, her books are all so similar that it doesn't really matter which you read. They are mostly in dialogue, and are constantly surprising and unusual and deadpan-hilarious. People will debate the proper use of a verb for pages, and then drop into conversation that someone is dead. You'll either love Ivy or hate her - most seem to hate her, but if you love her then you'll really love her.
Ok, that's quite a brief glimpse at what they've got going on, but click here to read the whole list, and let me know what you've got your eye on.