I seem to have been AWOL for a little while, not for any particular reason but one 'good' reason was that I had a brief visit from Constance at Staircase Wit. She was in London for most of the month of June and just before she flew home she came to visit us for her final weekend. We took off for Cornwall on the Saturday for what was very much a flying visit but we still managed to see St. Ives and Fowey and two lovely bookshops therein. My phone played Silly B*****s all weekend so I still have to look and see what I have but I thought I would do a bookhaul post (photos from my tablet) in the meantime.
So, books hauled last weekend.
From the top:
Rebbecca by Daphne Du Maurier needs no explanation from me. I've wanted to reread this for years, in fact I think I've only read it once, in my teens. Constance and I thought we might try to get a look at Menabily while we were in Fowey but despite a lovely walk from the car park to the beach the house is not visible.
Vesper Flights by Helen MacDonald, the author of H is for Hawk. This book is an anthology of essays by her.
The Women of Troy by Pat Barker is the second in the author's proposed trilogy of the same name.
The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex is a novel about the disapearance of three lighthouse keepers from a lighthouse off the Cornish coast.
Outlandish by Nick Hunt is a non-fiction book about walking places in Europe which are odd and shouldn't be there. Right up my street of course.
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley sounded good and Constance recommended it, so I grabbed it!
The second pile. From the bottom:
The Pink House by Pip Benveniste was a charity shop grab and is about a childhood in Newlyn, Cornwall.
The final three are books Constance brought with her for me that she'd read and didn't want to haul back to the US.
The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin is a novel about working in a bookshop in London in WW2.
The Stranger by Kate Riordan is another WW2 novel set in Cornwall.
From a Distance by Raffaella Barker is a double timeline story set just after WW2 and in the present time in Cornwall and Norfolk.
And some of these have the loveliest covers!
And The Lamplighters has this wonderful painted edge showing birds in flight. I gather this sort of thing is really popular now.
So that was my lovely bookish weekend with Constance, and you'll be pleased to know there was also a lot of icecream and Cornish pasties involved. And endless bookish chat of course.