Another satisfying pile of new books, even larger than it should have been thanks to The Book People, who very kindly sell the Myths boxed set at the ridiculous price of £7.99 – how could I resist, particularly as I wanted the Atwood (The Penelopiad) for a challenge? Re-tellings of myths are very much my "thing", so I shall find them interesting reading. In those few minutes when I'm not doing anything else I'm keen to look in more depth at myths and fairy tales: I think I may have to learn to hoover while listening to an iPod! There has to be a way I can cram more into the day.
Thinking of which, I have some catching up on Jon Courtenay Grimwood to do: I now have 3 of his books to read, having bought End of the World Blues on a 3 for 2 offer at Waterstones, with the two Persephone books. The latter have been recommended widely by fellow bloggers, amd I think I need to read Miss Pettigrew... soon, before the film swims into view.
I heard Simon Armitage talking about his translation of Sir Gawain on Radio 4 recently, and he was so engagingly enthusiastic that I succumbed. Now, of course, I shall have to get a copy of the Tolkien translation for comparison, as it's many years since I read it.
The Nancy Mitford biography turned up serendipitously on Bookmooch; as some of you may recall, I've been re-reading her novels, and this will complement both them, as well as the recently read Debs at War. After that I mean to progress to the letters between the Mitford sisters, which I know others have been enjoying.
The final two are review books. I've written briefly about Salal here, and will post about this intriguing book at greater length. The fish book is rather fat, I'd better start reading it.