Another Night With Novella’s

Just under a month ago I had the pleasure of a Saturday night on my own and spent it with some novella’s. Guess what? I am having another one tonight! Though some could see this as being a bit of a sad fact at 28 I would strongly disagree. This is in fact an ideal night for me when I can devote some serious time to some shorter fiction between Book Group reads, Green Carnation Longlisted books and some classics that I have planned ahead. So tonight I raided the shelves and have a host of shorter books to read…

  • 84 Charng Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  • A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khandra
  • Ready To Catch Him Should He Fall by Neil Bartlett
  • Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
  • The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Peace by Richard Bausch
  • Strangers by Antonia White
  • Strange Boy by Paul Magrs

I am going to go and get some tea (possibly a pot full) some biscuits now and then get under the duvet with a few of these delights. I might read one slowly, I might read a good fair few. Either way its going to be a treat of an evening. Let me know if you have read any or can think of any great novellas for future nights like these… I might make this a monthly event at Savidge Reads HQ! I honestly think this is a craze which could catch on.

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12 responses to “Another Night With Novella’s

  1. I like your idea of the novellas! how many do you think you would get through on a single night?

  2. That is such a lovely idea. I should look for some novellas and copy you (while of course, not “copying” this blog content etc).

  3. Sounds perfect (again) for a rainy Sunday, Simon. I would do likewise but I should really devote today to On the Beach … in the rain.

    84 Charing Cross Road is utterly charming and a book I read one afternoon after I first moved to London.

    I’ve read the Waugh but many, many years ago (funny, it’s one I wouldn’t consider a novella but it depends on the edition! Mine was a slightly newer -mint spine- Penguin).

  4. Sounds like a perfect way to spend your time! Better make it a pot though 🙂
    I’ve gotten more into reading novellas lately as well, so I love getting more suggestions from reading your posts. The Hanff and the Waugh look especially good.

  5. Sounds like a heavenly evening. 84 Charing Cross road is delightful, Handful of dust makes me cry, look forward t hearing more about the others.

  6. Deb

    Capote: You’ll find it hard to believe this is the same writer who wrote IN COLD BLOOD–the style is so different.

    Waugh: A very sad book–but those same brittle, “bright young things” seem to be buzzing around our culture today.

    Maugham: It’s always a surprise to discover (again and again) what a great craftsman he is; and then it’s sad to think how his reputation has sunk and almost vanished in the last two decades.

  7. I think that sounds like a wonderful evening – I spend most of mine reading, but it would be an especially great treat if you don’t get to do it often. Will you update us with what you decided – one slow read or many quick reads?

  8. m

    Have you read Mrs Gaskell’s Cousin Phillis which is delightful and just the right length for a long afternoon or evening?
    And, though I’m sure you’ll have read it already, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is probably the only novel I’ve returned to as often as to Jane Austen.

  9. Sounds fabulous! Hope that it went well for you. If it were me (and oh how I wish that it were), I would pick up first the Waugh and then the Maugham. How clever a night that would be!

  10. Glad the novellas thing is catching on – I must make it more regular in my house too! I did really enjoy it, even if I won’t try for seven next time. I did take a novella on the train on Saturday – but 30pp left by the end of the day, partly because I fell asleep on the train…(!)

  11. I do love a good novella. On my recent trip to the Lake District I took about a dozen away with me, but only ended up reading one — A Month in the Country — which I’ll review on my blog in the next week or two.

    Of the ones in your pile, I can highly recommend Mr Capote’s story. I have the Penguin “Capote Reader” which is filled with his short stories / novellas and it is one of my favourite books, and one of the few I brought back from Oz with me. (I first bought it when I was studying journalism in 1994 — it was recommended reading for my course.)

  12. I adored 84 Charing Cross Road and have re-read it several times. I also very much enjoyed Hanff’s The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, in which she finally gets to visit her beloved London and the employees of the bookshop she corresponded with for such a long time. Sadly, Frank had died by then, but she did get to meet his family.

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