Saturday, July 2, 2011
Something to look forward to
Sort Of Books reprinted Maria Edgeworth's novel, Helen, a couple of years ago & I'm ashamed to say it's still sitting on the tbr shelves. They are about to reprint another of her novels, Patronage. They use the line, Jane Austen's bestselling rival, on the covers of the books & whether or not that's strictly true (or just an excuse to get Jane's name on the front cover), I do want to read some of her novels soon. I think these are lovely editions.
Another project coming up in September is the Bloomsbury Reader. This is an initiative to bring authors back into print, either as POD books or e-books. The author I'm very keen to read more of is Monica Dickens. I've only read Mariana, reprinted by Persephone & I have Persephone's reprint of The Winds of Heaven on the tbr shelves.
Some time away but a definite treat in store for Persephone fans is Bridget Rech's forthcoming biography of Dorothy Whipple. I don't know when the book will be published but I'm sure it will send me back for a Whipple reread. Until then, we'll have to contain our impatience with the next Persephone reprint of her novels, Greenbanks, due in November.
So, while I'm waiting for all these books, what am I reading right now? Lots of classic fiction. I'm reading Evelina by Fanny Burney, Garthowen : the story of a Welsh homestead by Allen Raine (for my 19th century bookgroup), Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell (in instalments with another group) & this afternoon, I'll be settling down with this month's section of War & Peace for Team Tolstoy over at Dovegreyreader. The 21st century seems very far away at the moment.
All the book covers are from The Book Depository.