During my recent holiday in Dorset, I went back as usual to the ever wonderful Sanctuary Bookshop in Lyme Regis (see my previous blog about it).
I was showing my parents around, so I didn't spend as much time browsing as I usually do, but managed to get my hands on a few interesting things...
Among them, the lovely children's book The Mousehole Cat by Nicola Bayley and Antonia Barber. It is a truly lovely book inspired by the old Cornish legend of Tom Bawcock. The illustrations are gorgeous, the text charming, in turns funny, poignant and poetic.
A pleasure to read and look at! No wonder it was a winner of the British Book Award (Illustrated Children's Book of the Year).
I was also delighted to get my hands on a Penguin classics edition of J. Meade Falkner's Moonfleet. I've been meaning to read this for quite a while as it is about smugglers in Dorset, and my third book, The Right Place, will also take place in Dorset and will have a "historical" connection to smuggling activity in the area... I cannot wait to start it...
More Dorset in the next blog!
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