No Brainers and Calculated Risks: My Latest Book Acquisitions

Finding myself in Haverfordwest last week with half an hour to kill, I headed off to my home from home, the Oxfam bookshop. I was thrilled to pick up four Barbara Pym novels. After reading numerous glowing reviews of late, I’m now convinced that I’ve overlooked Pym as an author for far too long. I also picked up a pristine copy of Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson, which I look forward to re-reading.

I was probably most excited to chance upon the novel Santa Evita by Argentinian author Tomas Eloy Martinez, as I found The Tango Singer lyrical, mesmeric and infused with a deep melancholy when I read it a number of years ago. I’ve never seen anything else by him, and was even planning to reread The Tango Singer for my Around the World in 80 Books reading challenge, but can now read my new find instead.

I also picked up a couple of Georgette Heyer novels which, if the covers are anything to go by, I’m not at all sure about. Still, Heyer has been recommended by a number of reliable sources (I’m looking at you, Lucy!) so I’m prepared to give her a try and will report back.


Planning for forthcoming armchair reading travels has had me writing loads of lists and exploring potential reads from Scandanavia, the Middle East, China and India. I’m currently reading my way through China and the far East but am also lining up some Nordic Noir which I’m really looking forward to. Oh, and Anne Enright’s ‘The Green Road’ was my book group’s next book choice which means I’ll get to do some pootling round Ireland, too.