Apologies for the rather sporadic posting of late - time and inspiration have been in short supply.
My reading has been a bit wobbly too, but now I'm in the safe hands of William Boyd, well on with - Love is Blind and happily following the adventures of piano tuner extraordinaire Brodie Moncur in fin de siècle Paris and beyond. So far I very warmly recommend it.
Top of the arrivals pile, meanwhile, is a book by Kate Humble; Thinking on my feet: the small joy of putting one foot in front of another "celebrates the simple, fundamental act of walking, the remarkable effect it has on our minds and bodies and the pleasure of moving through the world at walking pace". I opened it at the end just now (looking to see if there was an index) and happened to read the last couple of pages; they contain a touching, charming story which augurs well for the rest of the book.
In the 'forthcoming' category, there's Eternal Boy, a biography of Kenneth Grahame by Matthew Dennison due out on 1st. November: "During the week Kenneth Grahame sat behind a mahogany desk as Secretary of the Bank of England; at the weekend he retired to the house in the country he shared with his fanciful wife Elspeth and fragile son Alistair and took lengthy walks along the Thames in Berkshire, 'tempted [by] the treasures of hedge and ditch; the rapt surprise of the first lords-and-ladies, the rustle of a field-mouse, the splash of a frog'.
The result of these pastoral wanderings was The Wind in the Willows: an enduring classic of children's literature; a cautionary tale for adult readers; a warning of the fragility of the English countryside; and an expression of fear at threatened social changes that, in the aftermath of the World War I, became reality. Like its remarkable author, it balances maverick tendencies with conservatism. Graham was an Edwardian pantheist whose work has a timeless appeal, an escapist whose withdrawal from reality took the form of time travel into his own past."
Where's your reading taking you just now? Any good books in prospect?