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Vintage Kitchenalia...

I was doing something in the kitchen the other day which involved the food processor. I can’t remember exactly what but it probably involved apples because I haven’t done much in the kitchen lately that hasn’t involved Bramleys. The tree has been dripping with them this year and it suddenly feels like a year when we mustn’t waste them. Basket after basket after basket appears at the door and I drag them in, set up my wonderful whizzo new peeler and either set to freezing or wash and wrap them to...
Tags: Books, Ebay, Braun, Country Life, Nigel Slater, Dovegreyreader


Reading music....

We’re well into November and I am deep into The Mirror & the Light but am going to be very honest and say it still hasn’t quite grabbed me as much as I’d hoped. I suspect this is all my fault, I’ve read or listened in dribs and drabs and perhaps that makes for a lesser impact and a disjointed atmosphere, but I’ve just passed P 300 330 so progress is being made. I’ll be staying the course along with anyone else out there still with me in 1536.  And I have just read that astonishing chapter where...
Tags: Books, 2020, Hilary Mantel, British Library, Catherine, Warwick, Henry Viii, Aragon, Jacqueline, Cromwell, Arundel Castle, Dovegreyreader, Du Pre, Wolsey, Pablo Casals, Christopher Nupen


The Fire of Joy - Roughly Eighty Poems to Get by Heart and Say Aloud ~ Clive James

My chapter-a-day-of-a-thought-filled book endeavour is still going reasonably well, and no one is more surprised about this than me. I often start these things with great enthusiasm only for it to slowly wane into forgetfulness, missed days and before you know it not a lot. My book for October was Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald which was, sadly for me, the right book at the wrong time, so I substituted J.B.Priestley’s Grumbling at Large from Notting Hill Editions and have warmed to a man I’v...
Tags: Books, Poetry, Ted, 2020, Waterstones, James, Bay, Joy, Clive James, Ted Hughes, Clive, Notting Hill, Keats, Helen Macdonald, Simon Armitage, Priestley


Update... The Mirror & the Light

‘Ah. Privy Seal is greater? Privy Seal is all I could desire. The ambassador takes a sliver of veal.’ An exchange between Thomas Cromwell and Eustace Chapuys, and though I’ve now read it for the fourth time of asking it still leaps off the page at me as a wonderful play on words. Privy Seal - Sliver of Veal. And I mistakenly read ‘silver’ in there too. Magical. I’m up to page 214 and have a nice notebook on the go too,   But I now have to confess I’ve hit a bit of a confused phase wit...
Tags: Books, 2020, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Thomas, Thomas Cromwell, Wyatt, Cromwell, Dovegreyreader, Eustace Chapuys, Crumuell


Pleasings...

So many I hardly know where to start but I'll start with looking forward... I've been thinking ahead to next spring as a real antidote to the winter I knew we'd be having, and so I have planted up lots of bulbs in pots. Tulips, this year Angelique and Victoria's Secret  (Belle Epoque sold out very early) and a huge half barrel (a present from the Gamekeeper) planted up with several varieties of narcissus for spring cheer and colour. I keep thinking how hearts will lift en masse when we get thro...
Tags: Books, 2020, Victoria, Joni Mitchell, Belle Epoque, Nicky, Angelique, Joni, Dovegreyreader, Pleasings, Secret Belle Epoque, Jenny Matucana


Here we go again... The Mirror & the Light ~ Hilary Mantel

I don't believe this. The last time I settled down to read The Mirror & the Light Lockdown the First happened and the book proved to be entirely the wrong sort of confinement reading for me. And now what happens... We plan to read it through November together and what happens, here in the UK at least, Lockdown the Second. It's almost as if Anne Boleyn is sending messages, warning me off, because if I read that opening chapter once more about the narrow shoulders fitting in the arrow box, and...
Tags: Books, UK, 2020, New Zealand, Sony, Hilary Mantel, Oasis, Anne Boleyn, Dovegreyreader


Happy Half Hours ~ A.A.Milne

'How does a nation pull itself together again after a disaster? How do we move on from overwhelming experiences?...' ...asks Frank Cottrell-Boyce in his introduction to the Notting Hill edition of Happy Half Hours - Selected Writings of A.A.Milne (published October 20th) and I had to wonder whether this little volume was a product of recent events or a happy coincidence. Whatever its recent provenance there can be no doubt it is the perfect book for our times. Writing in the aftermath of t...
Tags: Books, France, 2020, New Zealand, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Alan, Google Maps, Black Sea, Christchurch, South Island, Southern Hemisphere, Milne, Christopher Robin, Mesopotamia, Bartholomew, Port Hills


A Conversation...

Bookhound and I were having one of our conversations the other day, it went a bit like this... Me : 'Clocks go back this weekend.' Him : 'That means it's only five weeks to Advent and the C*******s bough coming into the kitchen.' Me : 'But surely it was only last week we packed the deccies away and put them in the loft...' And we suddenly realised that this year had somehow vanished, and we have no real markers for it other than those we'd prefer to forget. No month in New Zealand obviousl...
Tags: Books, UK, 2020, New Zealand, Devon, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Waterstones, Country Life, Don, Falmouth, Dovegreyreader, Cotehele, North Cornwall, St Raphael Huccaby, Coleton Fishacre


Troubled Blood ~ Robert Galbraith

Well of course I was going to love a book that occasionally references the music and lyrics of Joni Mitchell as a reminder of life’s foibles. Court and Spark makes an appearance in Troubled Blood , as do several of the later albums. If you are a fan of Joni then you might only need to read 'Love came to my door, with a sleeping roll and madman's soul...'  the tune will swiftly follow and you'll be singing the next few lines... He thought for sure I'd seen himDancing up a river in the darkLooki...
Tags: Books, Afghanistan, 2020, Joni Mitchell, Robin, Pat, Don, J K Rowling, Margot, Susan Hill, Tom Burke, Robert Galbraith, Joni, Peter James, Dovegreyreader, Holliday Grainger


A Quick Trip to....

In the same way that I had no idea I wanted to go to Trebizond with Rose Macaulay, I really had no intention of reading my way to Brazil until a copy of Brazil That Never Was by Dr Andrew Lees, Professor of Neurology at The National Hospital in  London, arrived from Notting Hill Editions.  If you don’t know them these little books are really worth checking out, and with The Season of Gifts on the distant horizon (way too soon to give voice to the word) they would make excellent presents for tho...
Tags: Books, London, Africa, Atlantic, Liverpool, 2020, New Zealand, Yorkshire, Brazil, South America, Great Ormond Street, St Helens, Andrew, Fawcett, National Hospital, Notting Hill


The Hare and the Moon - A Calendar of Paintings ~ Catherine Hyde

I've admired Catherine Hyde's artwork for years, but without realising it via the cards that come from lovely friends on birthdays, high days and holidays with the beautiful pictures. I do usually look for the artist's name but it takes a while for their style to become familiar enough to be recognised. And I have my favourites... Anyone who drives into Cornwall will know the Nearly Home Trees... Cookworthy Knapp on the A30 near Lifton. A small copse of  beech trees and a proper landmark th...
Tags: Books, 2020, Cornwall, Sherborne, Lifton, Demeter, Eve, Dovegreyreader, Arts & Crafts, Candlestick Press, Paul Durcan, Elementum Gallery, Catherine Hyde, Cookworthy Knapp


The Towers of Trebizond ~ Rose Macauley

‘Take my camel dear,” said my Aunt Dot as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.’ A priceless pearl among that string of wonderful first lines from novels and on a par with the fame of The Go-Between perhaps... 'The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there...' or Anna Karenina for  'All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” But my less odorous companion than a camel, as I started reading Rose Macaula...
Tags: Silk Road, Asia, Europe, Books, Turkey, Bbc, 2020, Black Sea, Istanbul, Laurie, George Martin, Anna Karenina, Marmara, Bartholomew, Dovegreyreader, Rose Macaulay


The Mirror & the Light, and shall we...

Firstly a few housekeeping details... an update on the Comments, or lack of, situation Thank you to those who let me know there were gremlins and my apologies to Handheld Press that it happened on the very day I had posted about  Potterism by Rose Macaulay and their very kind offer of a discount. Fear not the discount code EMILIE can be used with any of their books by Rose until October 25th and if anyone wanted to leave a comment on that post now please do. More Rose Macaulay to come. Sadly i...
Tags: Books, 2020, Hilary Mantel, Waterstones, Rose, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, James Naughtie, Dovegreyreader, Rose Macaulay


Comment gremlins

Apologies, the comments seem to have gone off on a frolic of their own and I know some of you haven't been able to find them or leave one. The Typepad fairies are on the case but for now I have gone to a different setting which means the comments won't be threaded for a while (as in you can't leave a direct answer underneath a particular comment) and hopefully normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. [Author: dovegreyreader]
Tags: Books, Dovegreyreader


Potterism: A Tragi-Farcical Tract ~ Rose Macaulay

'It has given place to the age of melodrama, when nothing is too strange to happen, and no one is ever surprised.' My next foray into the writing of Rose Macaulay was Potterism - A Tragi-Farcical Tract, first published in 1920 and recently republished by Handheld Press, and if ever there was a book for now this is it. It's somehow reassuring to discover that human nature changes very little... That reactions to extreme life and world events remain equally unpredictable and perhaps, dare I...
Tags: Books, America, 2020, Catholic, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, Rose, Fleming, J K Rowling, Somerville, Johnny, Jane, Nancy Mitford, Robert Galbraith, Gerard O Donovan, Dovegreyreader


Rose Macaulay

Well, dear blog, it is my birthday today (I don't often let on, they seem to come round too frequently for this Coronation year baby) and this, by the way, is me at my christening days before my first Christmas, and I like to think I still have that gaze in my subconscious memory somewhere But I have a birthday gift for you thanks to Handheld Press. Handheld Press often run a special offer when it is one of their birthdays. or an author's birthday, or an anniversary, and when they kne...
Tags: Books, UK, 2020, Rose, Dovegreyreader, Rose Macaulay, Mary Azarian, Towers of Trebizond, Handheld Press Handheld Press, Jane Oliver Desire ~ Una Silberrad, Crewe Junction


Pleasings...

I think we might be in need of some Pleasings so get your thinking caps on (like this cat) ready for comments while I whizz through a few of mine... The weather...could it have been kinder to us here in the South West these last few weeks, and having been absolutely nowhere for lunch for months we suddenly found ourselves ‘out for lunch’ twice in a matter of days. Cowslip Workshops are up and running on an appointment basis for shop and cafe, and we happened to be passing there on our way to ...
Tags: Books, Ebay, South West, Augusta, J K Rowling, Jane, Robert Galbraith, Combe, Dovegreyreader, Hydrangea, Bookhound, Cowslip Workshops, Jane Bradbury, Augusta Roddis, Pleasings, Honiton


A Chelsea Concerto ~ Frances Faviell

Knock me down with a feather, how on earth have I ended up here? Who knew I would even walk past the wartime shelf, let alone want to read about London in the Blitz of 1940. But one of you (thank you) mentioned Furrowed Middlebrow in comments, and in my quest in recent years to try and keep up with current fiction I had completely forgotten about them and their imprint Dean Street Press. In the blogendipitous way that often happens, I then had an email from them with news of the publication of ...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, London, Britain, Chelsea, 2020, South London, Red Cross, Churchill, Anderson, Warsaw, Penelope Fitzgerald, Elizabeth, Sunday School, George


Legacy ~ Thomas Harding

I wouldn't be in the least surprised to meet a descendant of the Salmon-Gluckstein- Lyons family empire one day. Coming from a tiny family as I do I always think huge families must be so exciting. All those cousins to grow up with. Plenty of scope for feuds and disagreements too, but mahoosive family gatherings to remember and new additions and departures to deal with. A full time job. I suspect some of you are going to relieve me of the illusion... Having enjoyed Hadley Freeman's House of Gl...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Britain, 2020, North Sea, Lehmann, East End, Nigella Lawson, George Monbiot, Whitechapel, Samuel, Olympia, Lyons, Thomas Harding, Lena


A Chelsea Concerto ~ Frances Flaviell

Knock me down with a feather, how on earth have I ended up here? Who knew I would even walk past the wartime shelf, let alone want to read about London in the Blitz of 1940. But one of you (thank you) mentioned Furrowed Middlebrow in comments, and in my quest in recent years to try and keep up with current fiction I had completely forgotten about them and their imprint Dean Street Press. In the blogendipitous way that often happens, I then had an email from them with news of the publication of ...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, London, Britain, Chelsea, 2020, South London, Red Cross, Churchill, Anderson, Warsaw, Penelope Fitzgerald, Elizabeth, Sunday School, George


Budleigh Literary Festival & other Pleasings

Get your diaries out because there is good news...yes, really... I bring you glad tidings of great joy. We can ALL go to the Budleigh Literary Festival this year thanks to Covid, so there are silver linings to the this whole shenanigans if you look hard enough. From Wednesday September 16th to Sunday 20th the sun will be shining because the sun ALWAYS shines for Budleigh. Glorious Budleigh Salterton by the sea in Devonshire. You can check out the programme A brilliant line-up that includes D...
Tags: Books, England, Country Life, Bach, James Naughtie, Dovegreyreader, Simon Mayo, Pleasings, Dame Hilary Mantel, Scala Radio, COVID, Morecambe Wise


Perilous times...

Dearest book lovers, we are in great peril. For the book-buyers amongst us we are entering turbulent times as the backlog of new books suddenly bursts onto the shelves. Six hundred books published this week, and as I walked into Waterstones for my weekly browse I think every single one must have been on display. I'm currently working on the principle that we have had nigh on six months of going nowhere, spending nothing. No petrol money, no coffee and cake, no excursions,  and therefore my book...
Tags: Books, 2020, Waterstones, Charlie, Charlie Gilmour, Helen Macdonald, Cockayne, Dovegreyreader, Heathcote Williams, Vesper Flights, Emily Cockayne


House of Glass ~ Hadley Freeman

Well I’ve had a wonderful August sabbatical with lots of reading, and I hope you have too, but it’s time we returned to talking about good books and today’s the day. 'If you don't know the past, you can't understand the present and plan properly for the future...' Chaim Potok ( Davita's Harp)   It is years since I read Chaim Potok, but how well I remember My Name is Asher Lev, so I felt at least a mild connection with this quote from Hadley Freeman in her family memoir House of Glass. I...
Tags: Books, France, America, Ajax, David, Britain, House, Paris, 2020, Poland, Jesus, Saturn, Alex, Christian Dior, Picasso, Lyons


Let's Preserve It ~ Beryl Wood - Apple and Mint Chutney

A request for the Apple & Mint Chutney recipe, and though I have never tried it, I will be very soon.  Having used my rather formal WI recipe book for years (no jars with names on, fill to exact distance from the rim etc) I found Let's Preserve It by Beryl Wood a few years ago and it rekindled my love of the preserving pan and this season especially, but really the book is an all-year-round affair. I love it for the way Beryl reckons if it grows you can preserve it. First published in 1970 (Nig...
Tags: Apple, Books, UK, South Africa, 2020, Country Life, Nigella, Beryl, Dovegreyreader, Beryl Wood Apple, Beryl Wood, Rose Prince, Grantly Dick Read


Preservation...

I hope this Thursday finds you well and not too windswept if you are here in the U.K. We’ve had to swaddle the greenhouse as usual in order to stop it heading for Wales. But lo, it’s that time of year again.  Time for the Transformation Challenge which this week is all about turning apples and tomatoes into chutney.  I perused the book, wrote the shopping list and headed out on a mission for gallons of vinegar, brown sugar and all those spices I thought I had until I realised I’d thrown t...
Tags: Apple, Books, Wales, 2020, Country Life, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound, Ravilious, Transformation Challenge, Green Tomato Red Tomato, Apple Chutney


Family Memoirs

Checking in through the August sabbatical from bookish posts to bring you...well a sort of bookish post. But firstly, how has your week been... I hope, wherever you are in the world, you are finding some peace and calm in amongst all the ongoing noise. I am putting my August to good use with plenty of reading (lots of bookish thoughts to come) and doing  useful things like Sorting Out the CDs. I mean, however did we accumulate so many, and what to do with them since I got with the times and u...
Tags: Books, George Harrison, 2020, Paul Mccartney, James Taylor, Kate, Charlotte Moore, Horatio Clare, Kate Rusby, Carolina, Edmund, Emma Smith, Hadley Freeman, Dovegreyreader, Hannah Rothschild, Edmund de Waal


Orchids

I thought I'd share something that has kept me and my book room very cheery these last few months, though I suspect Moth Orchids might be a bit of a Marmite thing. Loved or loathed. Orchids always seemed so exotic back in the day didn't they. A costly investment requiring heated greenhouses and much cossetting, but this version, the Phalaenopsis, now perhaps verging on the ubiquitous, like the Swiss Cheese Plants and the Rubber Plants of the 1970s. Did anyone else have a prize specimen of Mon...
Tags: Books, Tesco, 2020, Country Life, Dovegreyreader, Rubber Plants, Baby Bio Leafshine


Do Drop in...

Nipping in from the staycation deckchair, and the August sabbatical from longer bookish posts, with a post each Thursday-ish to make sure you are all alright, and this week to share my remedy if anyone is having a bout of the glums. I had a mild episode on Tuesday which I think might be about occasionally realising I can’t just hop on a plane to New Zealand and see Offspringette, all compounded by the fact that it’s her birthday today, but it’s not just me. These days you very quickly realise i...
Tags: Books, England, Ireland, 2020, New Zealand, Baron, Catholic, Waterstones, Yugoslavia, Laker Airways, County Mayo, Dovegreyreader, Rose Macaulay, Elizabeth von Arnim, Handheld Press


Desire ~ Una L. Silberrad, Handheld Press & a mention of Rose Macaulay

In my quest to explore more (and different) publishers of forgotten fiction from the twentieth century, I stumbled across Handheld Press, and you may recall I recently enjoyed Business as Usual. I am grateful that Kate at Handheld persevered with emails given that my inbox currently totals 625 and I have been known to look at it and look away in a state of mild panic. On that note my sincere apologies to anyone awaiting a reply, I do get there eventually if not dreckly. I think almost 2000 peopl...
Tags: Books, Turkey, 2020, Kate, Crewe, Cheshire, Penelope Fitzgerald, Peter, Rose, Joseph, Anglican Church, Bartholomew, Dovegreyreader, Rose Macaulay, Elizabeth von Arnim, Una L Silberrad Handheld Press


A Journey to a Bookshop

I had a bit of of an ‘I haven’t bought a book in a shop in ages’ moment a few weeks ago, in fact not since I bought The Mirror and the Light on March 5th, publication day, and so, once we were partially released back into the wild at the beginning of July, Bookhound dropped me outside W.H.Smiths and off I went. The same money had been sitting in my purse for almost four months, this couldn’t be right, something had to give. I tapped on the shop door and they let me in. Only six people allowed i...
Tags: Books, London, Scotland, 2020, Harry, Anne, Colin, Tennant, Margaret, Barbara, Mustique, John Grisham, Princes William, Dovegreyreader, Colin Colin, Roddy Llewellyn