In spite of a lot of gadding about over the past few weeks, I have still managed to do quite a bit of reading. As ever, my reading has been fairly eclectic, and has spanned the ever-present cosy crimes to more serious tomes about poetry and travel. I have also enjoyed discovering, courtesy of Furrowed Middlebrow, Molly Clavering's novels. Molly Clavering was a close friend of D E Stevenson, and her novels have the same gentle atmosphere as Stevenson's novels.
Over the last month we have explored many ruins: castles, abbeys and churches, all over the UK, from Scotland to Wales. This has reignited my passion for all things ruinous as well as my interest in how these buildings became ruins, and how they were rediscovered, by whom and when. Fortunately, a couple of new books on the subject have been published and I have very much enjoyed reading these.
|Rosemary Hill Time's Witness
|Simon Armitage A Vertical Art
|Susan Stewart The Ruins Lesson
|Philippa Harrison Mountain Republic
|The Chalet School Returns to the Alps
|Molly Clavering Mrs Lorimer's Quiet Summer
|Stephanie Austin From Devon with Love
|Miss Read Summer at Fairacre
|Simon Brett A Nice Class of Corpse
|Ann Radcliffe Observations During a Tour to the Lakes
|Alexander McCall Smith The Department of Sensitive Crimes
|Alexander McCall Smith Corduroy Mansions