I posted last month about the forthcoming release of more long out of print books by Nancy Mitford & since then, in every blog, website, newspaper or magazine I’ve read, I’ve discovered more treats to look forward to. D E Stevenson is having quite a revival at the moment. I’ve been listening to lots of her books on audio, released by Soundings Audio Books (borrowed from my library). Persephone are reprinting Miss Buncle Married next month, after the success of Miss Buncle’s Book which they published a couple of years ago. Greyladies have discovered two previously unpublished books by D E Stevenson, The Fair Miss Fortune & Emily Dennistoun & they’ll be published in May (you can preorder them from April 1st).
Reading a recent issue of The Bookseller, I discovered that Virago are publishing a volume of previously unpublished stories by Daphne Du Maurier. The stories were originally published in magazines & Anne Willmore, owner of the Bookends bookshop in Fowey, tracked them down. Only one of the stories has ever been published in book form before. And His Letters Grew Colder was published in Virago’s Daphne Du Maurier Companion a few years ago. I read a volume of Du Maurier’s stories last year & I’m looking forward to reading these early stories very much.
Penguin are about to begin reprinting all of Evelyn Waugh’s books in lovely hardcover editions. I think these look very elegant & although his fiction has always been in print, Waugh also wrote travel books & biographies, like this book on Dante Gabriel Rossetti, that are less well-known.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons is one of my favourite books so I’m very excited that Vintage are reprinting more of her books this year, including the sequels to Cold Comfort Farm, Conference at Cold Comfort Farm & Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm. Two other titles, Westwood & Starlight, will be published in August & more will be available as Print on Demand. Vintage followed the same program a few years ago when they reprinted Nevil Shute. Four of his titles were printed as conventional paperbacks with the usual gorgeous Vintage covers & the rest of his backlist as POD with plain red covers. I bought them all for my library as I was so excited to have him back in print & available. Nevil Shute is a very popular author here in Australia. He lived here for many years, many of his books are set here & some of them like A Town Like Alice, On The Beach & Requiem for a Wren, are classics.
Mary Stewart is another favourite author getting a new look this year. Although she has rarely been out of print, her entire backlist is getting a new look from Hodder & Stoughton. I think these new covers are gorgeous & I’ve ordered 8 of them so I can indulge in a bit of a reread. I read all Mary Stewart’s books when I was a teenager but, until I reread My Brother Michael last year, I hadn’t revisited her in years. I’ll post some pictures of my Mary Stewarts when they arrive.
Well, that’s enough to be going on with, I think. I’m looking forward to a long winter of Sunday afternoons with a pile of books & endless cups of tea. Bliss!