I always begin the New Year with the intention of not buying any books for a few months. I have so many unread books that it would take me years to read them all that it really shouldn’t need a new year’s resolution to motivate me to stop for a while. I’m usually quite disciplined &, apart from a few ebooks (which are just too easy to buy – at least they’re invisible), I stick to it, at least until autumn & the thought of long winter afternoons send me off to check my wishlists.
I have just bought these four VMCs from World Of Books, a secondhand bookshop in the UK. They were £1 each so even with postage, they only cost $25AU which I thought was very reasonable. They’re in lovely condition & I’m looking forward to reading them. I had read a review of The Wild Geese by Bridget Boland somewhere & that’s what sent me off to Abebooks in search of a copy. It’s the story of an 18th century Irish family, told through letters. The Wild Geese are the young men of the family, rebels who risk their lives by returning from exile. I was also fascinated to read the Bridget Boland was a scriptwriter who had written the screenplays of several well-known films including Anne of the Thousand Days & the 1940 version of Gaslight. I couldn’t just buy one book though, could I? So, I found myself looking through the bookstore’s listings for VMCs & came across The Misses Mallett by E H Young, Company Parade by Storm Jameson & The Way Things Are by E M Delafield.
Does anyone remember Catherine Gaskin? I loved her novels when I was younger. She was born in Australia, but, like many artists of the mid 20th century, left Australia to live in the UK & US most of her life. She wrote novels of romantic suspense & could be compared with Mary Stewart. I especially enjoyed Sara Dane, set in early 19th century Australia, Falcon for a Queen, set in Scotland & The File on Devlin, a suspense novel. I came across the website dedicated to Gaskin (follow the link) through a link to an interview there with Linda Gillard, author of Cauldstane. I enjoyed my trip down memory lane & was pleased to discover that one of her books has been released as an ebook with hopefully more to come. The Property of a Gentleman is about a young woman working for a London antiques house who is sent to a remote country house in the Lake District, Thirlbeck, to assess the art collection. She finds romance, suspense & family secrets. I don’t remember reading this one but it sounded so intriguing that I bought it. Some of the book covers here look very familiar & I would love to read more of her books.
I also have a few books on preorder. I’m looking forward to the British Library Crime Classics. I couldn’t resist the gorgeously nostalgic covers of the books by John Bude & Mavis Doriel Hay so I’ve ordered all four of them. Martin Edwards has written the Introductions to the John Bude titles so that’s another reason to look forward to them. So many good things to look forward to!