As promised, today I'm going to show off my birthday presents! Dark Puss requested that I show you all my non-bookish presents alongside my more literary gifts... here's the whole kid and kaboodle.
These can mostly explain themselves, but I want to draw your attention to a few awesome items. Firstly, check out the iron(y) T-shirt. How cool? (Well, not especially cool, but very me.) And the Scrabble mug. And the Fiendish word game (the family Thomas had fun with that.)
A few of the items may need a bit of explaining to some - the cellophaned pack at the back is a walking survival kit, given by Our Vicar's Wife after she was horrified at tales of Col and I climbing Snowdon unprepared... The 'What's Occurrin'?' T-shirt and 'Oh, Doris, Where's The Salad?' mug (complete with tea that I was drinking while I prepared the shot) are references to the excellent TV show Gavin & Stacey - if you haven't seen it, do.
The DVDs almost explain themselves - two are 80s 'classics' that my friend believes I should watch... Miranda and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day are tried and true gems.
Before I go on to the books bit - huge thanks to Mum, Dad, Colin, Lorna, Mel, Debs, Cath, Sarah, Paul, Dave, Ellie, Phoebe, Verity, Clare, Helen, Adrian, and Margaret for these lovely gifts!
Onto books! This is Stuck-in-a-Book, after all.
The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel - this, from my bro, is the only book I openly *asked* for - can't wait to start dipping into this one.
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus - Verity spotted this on my Amazon wishlist, had a copy, and very kindly gave it to me!
Moominpappa at Sea by Tove Jansson - I was so touched to receive this from Margaret S, a reader of this blog, who knew that I wanted to try Tove's children's books.
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym - and in one of the beautiful new Virago editions!
How The Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British Source of Children's Books by Joan Bodger - chosen by a friend who knows me well! Does what it says on the tin, I suspect...
Bluestockings by Jane Robinson - a friend from university posted this down from Scotland - I'm clearly not shy about letting my literary tastes be known, and it is all to the good!
The Second Puffin Quiz Book - from a member of my pub quiz team, obviously hoping I'll swot up a bit(!)
The Great British Bake-Off Book - couldn't want this more! It's gorgeous, and will extend my repetoire of cakes etc.
The Complete Miss Marple Short Stories by Agatha Christie - isn't this Folio edition absolutely gorgeous? I had admired it online somewhere, and so was delighted by it.
Aren't I a lucky boy with my gifts??
On an entirely unrelated note - a few of you asked about Mary Essex, after my first lines game the other day - I will get onto replying, and indeed, to that end, have started reading one of her books!