Books from Mothers and Others

Yesterday I told you about the mini Margaret Atwood gem ‘The Labrador Fiasco’ that I had grabbed off the shelves at my mother’s over the long weekend. I actually hadn’t stopped there and had picked up another four short(ish) books that I honestly felt I could ‘squeeze in’ over the weekend too. How I do not know as there were ten under tens to keep my eyes on, lots of family to catch up with and walking, pubbing etc, etc. In my head though I thought it was possible. Once I finally admitted defeat and was all down trodden my mother decided I could borrow them (this is as rare as me loaning a book) and so I thought I would share them with you all.

The Pigeon – Patrick Suskind
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea – Yukio Mishima
The Only Problem – Muriel Spark
In Between The Sheets – Ian McEwan

Then when I came back there were some delightful parcels awaiting me which had some gems inside them so I thought that I would share them all with you in case So without further ado here they are (sorry about the pic quality my third blackberry in a year – am a bit narked – is playing up)…

Hodd – Adam Thorpe
The Odd Women – George Gissing
The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
The Arsenic Century – James C. Whorton
The Pleasure Seekers – Tishani Doshi
What the Day Owes the Night – Yasmina Khadra
The Postmistress – Sarah Blake
Anatomy of Murder – Imogen Robertson

So that’s those, have you read any, been meaning to or read anything else by any of these authors? Do let me know!

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14 responses to “Books from Mothers and Others

  1. gaskella

    I read the Pigeon years ago, but can’t remember anything about it – shameful! May have to squeeze it in again.

    In your new incoming pile, I’d love to read Hodd, (also looking forward to Ridley and Russell’s Robin Hood at the flicks – gladiator redux?) Also Arsenic Century really appeals, but I’m trying not to buy so many hardbacks at the moment.

    • I can’t decide if I am excited about the new Robin Hood film or not, i am torn. I think The Converted One really wants to go so I shall get to view it whether I want to or not. Ha!

      The Arsenic Century I am going to be slowly devouring in teh backgroupnd of my fiction reading.

  2. novelinsights

    Ooh, I like the sound of both The Postmistress and The Arsenic Century. Great titles! You picked up some great books at your Mum’s – that Spark is a find!

    • The Spark I have had a real struggle not reading almost instantly hahaha. I think I might make a start on The Postmistress quite soon as it intrigues me, mind you I said that about teh Helen Simonson book too and still haven’t cracked on with that, soooo many books not enough time.

  3. How much excitement can a boy handle? That is awesome! I have The Postmistress loaded on my Kindle, waiting for my summer reading!

    • You and that Kindle Sandy hee, hee. I was offered a free iPad for work and I said no, I just can’t convert myself.

      The Postmistress does already seem to be getting a buzz around it!

    • Yes it was your thoughts on it that 100% sold it to me and I meant to say thanks, sorry Lizzy!

      Oh btw am not at highgate this weekend if you go on Sunday, am shattered and only just able to consider doing all the bookish things coming tomorrow.

  4. Sue

    Wow, memories. I read the Mishima years ago, possibly before he did his hare kiri thing on prime time news (it was him wasn’t it?). Can’t remember anything about it other than it was cruel and strange.

  5. I keep seeing reviews of The Postmistress everywhere, and haven’t heard a bad word about it yet. Can’t say when I’ll get round to it, but I’m definitely hoping to read it some time.

  6. I loved The Pidgeon, Süskind is a great writer and this story is very well-written, especially the characterization and detailed description of usually banal things. Hope the translation is good.

  7. Pingback: The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea – Yukio Mishima « Savidge Reads

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