Thursday 15 October 2009

A quick reminder...

It's too late for me to sort out the post I was *going* to write, so instead I'm going - as promised - to remind everyone that we're halfway through October, and thus halfway to Manservant and Maidservant posting time! I must confess, this reminder is for me as well as you, as I haven't started it yet... but I'm hoping Ivy Compton-Burnett is working her magic with some of you. I'm delighted that quite a few of you have got hold of a copy... let's do the next thing and read it. I will start it properly this weekend, I think...

And, just to bulk out this post a bit, I thought you might be interested to see what my book group are reading over the next few months. We usually decide a couple in advance, but this time we really got excited, and have planned months and months... It's a lovely, friendly, small book group - which, I'm delighted to say, Harriet of Harriet Devine's Blog joined yesterday - and we just put down whichever books people suggest, a nice mixture of new and old.

November: Impassioned Clay - Stevie Davies
December: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
January: Immortality - Milan Kundera
February: An Equal Music - Vikram Seth
March: Miss Mole - EH Young
April: A Long, Long Way - Sebastian Barry
May: Miss Ranskill Comes Home - Barbara Euphan Todd
June: The Debt to Pleasure - John Lanchester

As always, comments?


  1. I have no idea about ICB, but your previous posts made me very curious. I went ahead and ordered Manservant and Maidservant (and one other ICB title just in case I like the first). It should arrive early next week, so I am glad that I am not the only one who hasn't started yet.

  2. I think that you might enjoy "An Equal Music" by Vikram Seth. It is a book that I have returned to several times. I have not joined the Manservant and Maidservant read, I seem a bit behind with my own groups reading, and keep getting diverted. I await your comments with interest.

  3. Oh no! I ordered the ICB a couple of weeks ago and your post just reminded me it hadn't arrived -- and now I find that my Amazon order got sent to an address in France which I no longer use -- entirely my fault for not picking this up, but I shall almost certainly not be getting that copy. What a pain.

  4. Hmmm if I can find a bargain ICB then am in but so far sadly no luck which is a bit vexing as I so want to join in!

    Lovely that Harriet has joined your book group am a fan of her blog!

  5. I loved Immortality! But then I've never read a Kundera that I didn't. :) An Equal Music was okay but I didn't love it as much as Seth's A Suitable Boy. It's still very nice, though.

  6. Claire, thanks for the recommendations, I'll look forward to them - lots of new authors to me, though I have read P&P (of course!) and the Barbara Euphan Todd.

    Simon - beg, steal, or borrow a copy because I so want to hear your thoughts! I'm lending mine to Harriet when I'm finished, but you're welcome to join the end of the queue - otherwise I think one or two others in London might be joining in, and might lend to you...

  7. On my TBR pile I have a book by Vikram Seth 'The Golden Gate' which is written in verse. I have also read a couple of books by Stevie Davies, but not the one you have; so looking forward to your comments on that one. I still haven't read anything by ICB; which book do you recommend I should start with?

  8. Hi Jennifer -
    If you can get your hands on a copy of Manservant and Maidservant, then a few of us are reading that this month - otherwise, I started with Mother and Son, and loved that one! Easily findable on Amazon, if I recall...

  9. I wonder who suggested the Miss Ranskill, Simon?? I have read the Persephone (one of my favourites - but after Little Boy Lost) and I now own an original published under the name Barbara Bower.


  10. It wasn't actually me, Barbara! There is another Persephone fan/addict in the group, and *she* suggested it.


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