Happy weekend, everyone! I'm feeling in a good mood as I write this on Friday night, because I went back to the first chapter of my DPhil thesis for the first time in 3 years, and I still felt inspired to see how I could edit and re-frame it! It's been so long since I had time to work on my DPhil properly that I'd forgotten the thrill when planning goes right. The only academic thing to compare is the thrill when archives turn up something wonderful. There are plenty of downsides to spending four years earning very little money and working alongside very few people, but it has its upsides too.
So that's put me in a cheery frame of mind for sharing a book, a link, and a blog post!
1.) The book - is one I was offered by the author. I know I won't have time to read it, so I haven't accepted the review copy, but I still think it sounds very intriguing. It's A Bright Moon For Fools by Jasper Gibson, and the cover art is enough to catch my attention...
I like the quick synopsis Jasper put in an email to me: "Though it is (I hope) funny in parts, it's really about an ageing man, unable to get over the loss of his wife, crashing around rural Venezuela and getting into serious trouble."
2.) The blog post - was a very easy choice this week, as it's about a book I adored, but never wrote about: Economy Must Be Our Watchword by Joyce Dennys. I didn't write about it, because it was impossible to find and I didn't want to fill people with hopeless desire to read this gem! But I mentioned it when I took part in Lost in the Stacks over at A Work in Progress, and Danielle, marvellously, managed to find a copy through her library - and wrote a brilliant review here. Go and check it out; it also includes lots of Dennys's brilliant illustrations.
3.) The link - this video had my office in fits of laughter this week: