This month’s catch

I’ve been remarkably restrained this month, having hardly stepped foot in a single secondhand book emporium. However, my book group book needed to be ordered and I had such a yearning for some of the books on my wish list after repeatedly reading rave reviews in the blogosphere that a few clicks later I found myself awaiting parcels.

Here’s my internet haul.


This is the year I unearth my inner Felicity Kendall and grow all the vegetables. All of them!

Stammered Songbook is my bookgroup read for this month, along with Han Kang’s The Vegetarian which I already have a copy of. I bought the Narayan omnibus ready for the Narayan readalong hosted by Deepika at Worn Corners which I’m really looking forward to. I’ve read several glowing reviews of Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day recently and I just had to see what all the fuss is about, and the Thirkell was bought because I loved Pomfret Towers so very much, I feel I’ll always need an unread Thirkell in my collection just in case.

Remember I said I hardly stepped in a secondhand bookshop? Well, it might have been quick, but I did manage to snap up two books in that single whirlwind visit to Haverfordwest Oxfam.


I had to buy the British Library edition for the cover alone, although if The Santa Klaus Murder also by Mavis Dorial Hay is anything to go by, it’ll be a treat. I’ve already read Kafka on the Shore but have misplaced or lent out my copy , so this is a replacement, as I’m sure I’ll read it again at some point.

Last, but by no means least, I was thrilled to win this in a giveaway last week over at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings. Thanks Karen, I can’t wait to get stuck in!