I have been given some delightful books to read over the past week.
Last week, I watched the gorgeous and far too short Secret Knowledge: Living Mountain, A Cairngorms Journey presented by the always excellent Robert McFarlane. It was about a fascinating author I had never heard about, Nan Shepherd. She had written a book about her walks in the Cairngorms during the Second World War but had only published it in 1977.
The documentary really touched and intrigued me, especially as I would like to find an emotional way of writing about landscape for my third novel, The Right Place.
My sister lives in Aberdeenshire and goes to the Cairngorms all the time. So I told her about it and of course, she had already read Nan's book, The Living Mountain! And she has now sent it to me. I am really looking forward to getting started; I very very rarely read non-fiction books, but I am sure this one will be worth the effort.
Then I have a lovely 1947 edition of Dorothy L Sayers's The Five Red Herrings.
Now, this is quite special, isn't it?
This book, published in 1926, is simply gorgeous. It evokes the buzzing, relentless flow of lives in 1920s London, with 15 fantastic illustrations!
Written by Lewis Melville and illustrated by Aubrey Hammond (1894-1940).
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