‘We stand in darkness, surrounded by light.’ Ryszard Kapuscinski

ToBeRead lists

I’ve been on a second-hand book buying spree of late – a trip to Hay-on-Wye started things off –

Hotel du Lac – Anita Brookner
City of the Mind – Penelope Lively
A Compass Error – Sybille Bedford
Natural Flights of the Human Mind – Clare Morrall
The Complete Short stories (vol. 1 & vol. 2)– W. Somerset Maugham

A Fortunate Man – John Berger
Cassandra – Christa Wolf
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
When the World was Steady – Claire Messud
The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
The Ages of Gaia – James Lovelock
Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage – Alice Munro

My local second-hand shop on Lower Marsh was the source of these unexpected treasures

Earthly Paradise – Colette
A Sea of Troubles – Marguerite Duras
Washington Square – Henry James
The Levant Trilogy – Olivia Manning
The Balkan Trilogy – Olivia Manning
Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
The Conservationist – Nadine Gordimer
Jean Rhys Letters 1931-1966 – ed. Francis Wyndham and Diana Melly

Couldn’t resist these Virago titles (some secondhand, some new lovely hardcovers)

The Soul of Kindness – Elizabeth Taylor
Illyrian Spring – Ann Bridge
Pilgrimage vol. 1 -4 – Dorothy Richardson
A Far Cry from Kensington – Muriel Spark
Excellent Women – Barbara Pym
A Game of Hide and Seek –Elizabeth Taylor
The Diary of a Provincial Lady
– E.M. Delafield

Of course this means the shelves are groaning, as all those books I planned to read earlier this year are getting pushed aside.

Disquiet – Julia Leigh
Fault Lines – Nancy Huston
The Memory Room – Christopher Koch
Bridge of Sighs – Richard Russo
Darkmans – Nicola Barker

My current stack of library books is a mix of contemporary novels and essay collections
Wanderlust, a history of walking – Rebecca Solnit
Territories of the Psyche, the fiction of Jean Rhys – Anne B Simpson
Seduction and Betrayal (essays)– Elizabeth Hardwick
Inglorious – Joanna Kavenna
After Dark – Haruki Murakami
The Outcast – Sadie Jones
Other Colours (essays) – Orhan Pamuk


3 Responses to “Departures”

  1. Jo said

    Read Sybille Bedford!

  2. John Self said

    I have Sybille Bedford’s A Legacy on my TBR pile and must get around to it soon.

    I enjoyed Stegner’s Crossing to Safety, thought it seductive and very smoothly readable but perhaps lacking something that would have pushed it toward greatness…

  3. Tony said

    A lot of books Kirst, I wouldn’t know where to start!

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