Lastest Incomings & Postal Problems

I thought as I haven’t done one for ages and ages I would do a post on the latest arrivals from some of you and some lovely publishers over the last month and a bit. First though I need share my latest postal drama’s with you. You might remember a while back that I told you how my delightful postman (I like to point him out to visitors when they are staying so they can see just what a miserable so and so he is) was leaving my parcels in the street. Finally he has given up on that front but I was rather worried as some rather important parcels (which I can’t share with you or talk about sadly) hadn’t turned up. So off to the sorting office I marched.

I got there, explained the situation as they know e quite well and they said they would have a look. I then get one of them coming out beaming ‘it’s your lucky day’ they had seven rather large parcels waiting. I was about to leave when I noticed the posted dates, some as far back as last Saturday, so back to the man I go and ask what this is all about. I get a sheepish look before I am told ‘well the thing is, because you get so much post we hold the parcels for a week and then try and deliver it in one go once a week’. I didn’t shout, I didn’t kick off – after all these people do handle my post and I don’t want it vanishing forever as opposed to a few days. I simply and quietly said I would be most appreciative if my postal service could deliver the post that people are paying for at the speed they are paying for it. I then shouted and screamed a bit down the customer complaints phone line. Anyway before I make myself cross again lets get to those parcels, and some that arrived on time, which of course cheered me up no end.

First up a big thank you to you out there who read the blog and then send me emails asking me if I would like a copy of this that or the other that you have spare, want to re-home etc. None of you wanted your names mentioned but I wanted to put you first at least with a picture of your treats as I am very grateful. In the last month you have come up with some real gems such as…

  • Wise Children by Angela Carter – after I loved ‘The Bloody Chamber’
  • Taking The Devils Advice by Anne Fine – as it was mentioned in my Mum’s favourite books
  • The Child Garden & Lust by Geoff Ryan – a kind reader thought after my ‘253’ joy these would be good and one is a very sci-fi look at a future London so that will be interesting
  • Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood – you all know I love an Atwood and this is one of the few not on the TBR
  • Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue – after I loved ‘Room’ a kind reader thought I might like her 1700’s slightly sensational earlier novel

Now onto publishers some who sent a few so I have placed their books separately before a mixed bag or two at the end. First up some more guilty pleasures as Constable and Robinson sent me the latest M.C. Beaton series which they are relaunching this autumn. Cosy Edwardian murder mysteries with a new heroine and some fabulous titles.

The power of social media can bring you some treats sometimes. I tweeted that I had heard Brett Easton Ellis on the Guardian Bookclub podcast (I also heard Sarah Waters this week and it made me like ‘The Little Stranger’ even more which has grown and grown on me) a week or so ago and how listening to him talk made me want to read everyone of his books that I hadn’t, and wasn’t it funny how listening to or seeing authors talk can do that? In the post within a few days came this from Picador…

So now I do have the whole of his works to go through bar the latest as I had only read one of his books before which is the amazing (but possibly a book you don’t read twice) ‘American Psycho’ which If you haven’t read bite the bullet and try.

Vintage Books sent me a mixed bag of unsolicited (which I like as with Vintage they tend to be books that are going to become classics and I never knew I wanted to read – or had heard of – and yet once I see them I do) forthcoming treats containing…

  • The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
  • The Good Angel of Death by Andrey Kurkov
  • Look At The Birdie by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks (can you believe I have still never read a Faulks?)

Now for two final mixture of publishers who have sent and who are…

  • Highland Fling by Nancy Mitford (Capuchin Classics) – I will be reading this over the bank holiday weekend
  • The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi by Andrew McConnel Scott (Canongate Books)
  • Last Night In Twisted River by John Irving (Transworld Books) – another author I can’t believe I haven’t read yet
  • Something Sensational To Read On The Train by Gyles Brandreth (John Murray) I love diaries and these one sound quite salacious and gossipy so I might be dipping in and out of them for the next few months
  • Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius (Peirene Press)
  • Tarr by Wyndham Lewis (Oxford University Press)
  • The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall (Legend Press) winner of the Luke Bitmead Novel Award and being compared to Sophie Hannah

  • The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst (Sceptre) – call me a book cover slut but I do want to read this for the cover alone
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart (Granta)
  • The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld (Headline) – I have started this one because I really liked ‘The Interpretation of Murder’ only thing is I couldn’t remember what happened in that as it was my pre-blogging days – oops. I know I liked it though and so far I havent had to hark back to the last one!
  • Farundell by L.R. Fredericks (John Murray) – I had never head of this one before it thudded through my letter box, however reading the synopsis and seeing thoughts on it here and there I am actually ridiculously excited about reading this one over the weekend
  • The Captain’s Wife by Kirsten McKenzie (John Murray)

Right that’s the lot of lovely loot, it has been a good month or so since I did one hence the mightiness of it. Special thanks again to you the readers who have been sending. So which of these have you heard about, which do you quite fancy and what else have you read by any of the authors and what did you think? Any more tales of postal hell?

Oh and a quick note; none of these books were asked for – I have banned myself from that as have lots in the house – either the publishers contacted me or simply sent them unsolicitied. Just so you all know!


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25 responses to “Lastest Incomings & Postal Problems

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  2. Rob

    I have the same problem with The Death Instinct. I read Interpretation of Murder, and can’t remember a thing about it. Was there something unpleasant to do with a pair of stockings?

    I think I read it at about the same time as Matthew Pearl’s The Poe Shadow (which I didn’t like much) and Louis Bayard’s Pale Blue Eye (which I did). They’ve all blended in memory into a kind of real-historical-figure-in-murder-story mulch.

    • The stockings sound familiar Rob, but apart from that and a secret passage or something its all a bit vague. Oooh I better not say too much more might give everything away! These historical murder mysteries did become very much ‘on trend’ then didnt they?

  3. The M C Beatons look good, Simon. Why haven’t I heard of them? Must look into it immediately.

  4. John Irving has been one of my favourites for twenty years – though I’ve fallen behind with his recent books. The last one I tried had a first chapter drowning with exposition. But I’ll go back to him.

    I’m also well behind with Agatha Raisin, whom I adore.

  5. gaskella

    Farundell has a lovely cover – so that makes me want it without looking further. I got sent Tarr and the Grimaldi ones too which both look interesting. I must read some more Brett Easton Ellis – probably starting with rereading American Psycho. But out of that bunch – the SFish Geoff Ryman sounds irrestistible!

    • Farundell has a great cover and have started it off now and its actually showing signs of great promise, but I wont say anymore as I haven’t got too far and it could all go horribly wrong.

      I am very, very excited about the Ryman, in fact from the look of both of these he could become a favourite author.

  6. Wow. Lots of intriguing titles here, though I must say I’m particularly interested in the M.C. Beaton books.

  7. JoV

    Can’t get into American Psycho, so not sure if I want to read any of Bret’s novels.

    So many books, so little time… Do you need help with those arrivals? :p

    • American Psycho is very difficult to get into, it seems very mono and dull – but thats sort of the point in the end. Mind you I felt the same with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and didnt go any further.

  8. Holy smokes! That’s quite the haul. I can’t believe how many books publishers send without being asked!

  9. novelinsights

    That’s masses! Is L-shaped room having a renaissance perhaps? I wonder if I re-read it now what I would think? Lovely stash.

  10. Oh wow. Congratulations on staying calm at the post office, that must have been difficult! And I can’t even believe how horrid they were!!!!

    I’m really happy your books finally arrived though, incredible haul! I just read Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman last night and absolutely loved it. Peirene publishes the best books 😀

    Happy reading!

  11. winstonsdad

    a wonderfully varied selection ,the kurkov would catch my eye ,all the best stu

  12. I do hope you enjoy Wise Children! It is such a bawdy romp and one of my all-time favourites.

    The L-Shaped Room has just celebrated its 50th birthday and I simply must read it this year.

    I have been lusting after Geoff Ryman’s The Child Garden for far too long (I also confuse it in my head with The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick.

    • I am looking forward to Wise Children but I might wait until last with it of her works as so many people have said that its the best.

      I must read The L Shaped Room as my Mum really rates it. Ryman I have high hopes is a genius, am very excited about his re-working of Oz with ‘Was’!

  13. Ooooh! Send me Highland Fling when you’re done! 😉 I’t not available ANYWHERE here!

  14. Ruth Dugdall

    Hi Rob,

    Mine is one of the books weighing down your poor postman. Please read The Woman Before Me! Unlike some of the other titles you got sent mine is published by an independent publisher (Legend Press) and it needs reviews to make an impact. I hope that by word of mouth it can survive out there in the publishing arena, but the odds are stacked. Think of yourself as Russell Crowe, championing a book which doesn’t have a massive marketing budget behind it but still might be a good read!
    Ruth Dugdall

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