I took my cold off to a beautiful cottage, aptly called Paradise, in Herefordshire - and lost my voice in the process - and I just have to share (a) how lovely the house was, and (b) the books I bought on a trip to Hay-on-Wye. You can see the proper pictures of the house on its webpage (I want to go into full PR mode for them; it's so incredibly beautiful) but here are some I took. The first two are my bedroom. I didn't manage to get very good (or friend-free) photos of the living room, dining room, or kitchen - but I had included one of the porch, which is in itself more beautiful than anywhere I will ever live.
And then we spent a day in Hay on Wye. Most of the group of friends weren't all that bothered about buying books, so I strode off saying (or, voice gone, croaking) "I hunt alone" - and saw them later. I came away with 11 books in the end, and here they are...
Too Many Ghosts by Paul Gallico
I keep hoping to find another Gallico novel as brilliant as Love of Seven Dolls - but even if this one ends up not being, at least it has such a lovely cover.
Open the Door by Osbert Sitwell
Still haven't read anything by any of the Sitwells. Maybe Osbert's short stories?
Elizabeth Bowen by Patricia Craig
Biography of a woman novelist, you say?
Alfred and Guinevere by James Schuyler
If you think I can resist a cheap NYRB Classics edition, then this must be your first time to Stuck-in-a-Book - welcome!
Mr Emmanuel by Louis Golding
Here's a pair of authors I get confused... Louis Golding and Louis Bromfield. Anyone read this Louis?
The Romany Stone by Christopher Morley
I love Christopher Morley's essays, and this edition is beautiful - and signed! Annoyingly, Richard Booth's Books have started sticking price stickers to the backs of their books, and this meant the back got damaged.
Accidents of Fortune by Andrew Devonshire
Mr. Debo Mitford's autobiography
Beside the Pearly Water by Stella Gibbons
This was rather an exciting find - dustjacket and all, if you care about those sorts of things (I do, on entirely aesthetic grounds).
Picture by Lillian Ross
I'm sure I've heard about this somewhere - but a look at the cinema from the 1950s was irresistible.
Popcorn by Cornelia Otis Skinner
I never blogged about it, but Our Hearts Were Young and Gay was one of my favourite reads from a few years ago, and I've been hoping to stumble across more by one or other or both of the authors. There are plenty of cheap copies online, but it's nice to stumble across them - and these light essays look great fun.
The Dolly Dialogues by Anthony Hope
I don't remember where I heard about these, but a reprint of them has been on my Amazon wishlist for four years - nicer to find a copy while browsing, and even nicer to find a nice old edition!
So, not a bad haul - not huge quantity, but definite quality. Have you read any of them, or want to? As always, comments extremely welcome!