New Additions at BooksPlease

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts about books I’ve bought/been given. I always like to have a few books on the go at any one time and I like to have some waiting to be read.

Yesterday I finished reading Pictures at an Exhibition by Camilla Macpherson, which I’ll be writing about soon. I’m in the middle of reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and I’m still reading Shakespeare: the Biography by Peter Ackroyd. I’ve been reading the Shakespeare book for months just a short chapter at a time – it’ll be a while before I finish it.

Here are these recent additions that I hope to get round to reading sooner or later:

He wants etcFrom top to bottom they are:

  • He Wants by Alison Moore, a proof copy for review from Lovereading. It will be published in August. Alison Moore’s debut book The Lighthouse which I haven’t read was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012, so she is a new-to-me author. It sounds a bit different from the usual type of book I read, so I’m not sure what to expect. It’s about Lewis Sullivan, an RE teacher who is approaching retirement and wondering whether he ought to have chosen a more dramatic career. I have started reading it and am still getting used to the fact that it’s written in the present tense – not my favourite style.

The next two books in the pile are used books that I bought when I went to vote the other week in the European Election. There was a table full of books for sale – nothing to do with the election, but a bonus for me! I bought two.

  • One of the books almost leapt from the table into my hands – Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey, a book I first heard about years ago and fancied reading. The  first book by Josephine Tey that I read was The Daughter of Time which I absolutely loved. In that book Detective Inspector Alan Grant looked into the death of the Princes in the Tower from his hospital bed. As far as I can tell he doesn’t feature in Miss Pym Disposes.
  • The other book  is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, another new-to-me author. A wife has disappeared and her husband is the suspect – what happened to her? I have been avoiding getting this as it’s one of those books that gets lots of hype and sometimes they just don’t live up to the praise. It has nearly 1,500 5-stars on Amazon UK and also 300+ 1-star reviews criticising it as disappointing and boring. But as it was on the table in front of me at a bargain price I thought I’d see for myself just how good (or otherwise) that I think it is.

And finally a hard-backed book that I bought from a local bookshop:

  • The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark, her debut novel. Kirsty Wark is a favourite of mine – a journalist and broadcaster, hosting programmes such as Newsnight, The Review Show and arts documentaries. I picked up the book in Mainstreet Trading whilst having lunch there and immediately thought I’d like it. It’s set on the Scottish island of Arran where Elizabeth has lived all her life. When she dies she leaves her house to someone she hardly knew. But just who was Elizabeth Pringle?

9 thoughts on “New Additions at BooksPlease”

  1. I have Miss Pym Disposes too and will get to it at some stage. Gone Girl seems to be the book to read at the moment so I’ll be interested to hear about that. And I had no idea Kirsty Wark had written a book. I must look into that.

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  2. Margaret – I have been meaning to write and thank you for your lovely blog. I can’t recall how I found you, but you have guided me to some great books that I never would have found otherwise. I live in the US and so have purchased many of the titles you mention because the libraries don’t own them, but that just adds to their specialness for me. Right now I’m waiting for The Sea Change and The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle to arrive. Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy was one of my special favorites. Thanks for sharing your love of books.

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  3. I’m biased because I loved it, but Gone Girl is very much worth reading. I think it’s one of those books that you can still appreciate elements of even if you don’t like it. I’ve only heard good of Tey, and as you liked ‘Time, here’s hoping your new book is good 🙂

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  4. GeraniumCat and Margot – it’s good to know you both like Miss Pym Disposes.
    Cath – I can’t remember when I first heard Kirsty Wark had written a book – it could have been when I went to Hilary Mantel’s talk with Kirsty last year at the Borders Book Festival, but I was surprised.
    Babette – thank you for your kind words!
    Charlie – thanks for your encouragement – I hope I appreciate Gone Girl too.

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  5. Gone Girl is a marmite book. I enjoyed it but was disappointed by the ending. I should read some of her other work to compare.
    I knew about the Kirsty Wark book it is on my wishlist, it sounds very good and a story that will pull you right in.

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