I always have several books on loan from my local library. These are my current loans:
They are a mix of fiction and non-fiction. At the bottom of the pile are three art books – two by Barrington Barber about painting and drawing, a comprehensive step-by-step instruction book and Anyone Can Paint about painting in watercolours, acrylics and oils, The third art book is Cold Breeze, Dark Fire a book of paintings and drawings of North Northumberland by Peter Podmore. Podmore lives in this area and paints mainly outside using pastels, oils, acrylic and charcoal – such inspiring, beautiful and dramatic paintings.
Next up in the pile is Stephen Fry’s memoir, More Fool Me, his third volume. It begins with a synopsis of his earlier books, which as I haven’t read them is very helpful.
Then up to the fiction beginning with a Catherine Cookson, The Silent Lady. I haven’t read many of her books, but this one appealed to me. It’s her last novel, written when she was very ill, but she was convinced that she had a good story to tell.
The Spice Merchant’s Wife by Charlotte Betts. This is one of those books that I know nothing about or about its author, but took down off the library shelves on an impulse. I like to try new-to-me authors and this is one of my favourite genres – historical fiction set in 1666.
Trouble Brewing by Dolores Gordon-Smith, chosen because it’s crime fiction set in 1925, written in the classic mystery style, according to the back cover.
I’ve enjoyed The Woods by Harlan Coben, so I thought I’d try another one and picked up Tell No One, about a couple visiting a lake that had been part of their lives since they were children – then the wife is kidnapped and killed.
More historical fiction with The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato. I liked her earlier book The Madonna of the Almonds, about the artist Bernadino, a protege of Leonardo da Vinci. This one is about the model of Botticelli’s painting La Primavera.
Margaret Forster is one of my favourite authors, so I thought The Seduction of Mrs Pendlebury could be a safe bet for me. Mrs Pendlebury lives in Islington, has little in common with her neighbours and keeps herself to herself – gradually she comes out of her shell. Nina Bawden quoted on the back cover describes it as a tragi-comedy.
Finally, the book at the top of the pile, The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis, a Marcus Didius Falco novel set in the time of the Emperor Vespasian – historical crime fiction, a combination of two favourite genres. I’m surprised at myself that I’ve never read any of this author’s books, she ‘s written nineteen novels, but at least I’m starting with the first one in this series.
I just need to get reading!