We'll have a complete change of period, continent and genre for the CBG's next book. A week on Saturday (the 23rd.) we'll be talking about Alis Hawkins' Testament, but then we shall move from medieval England to the United States in 1960 and read our first non-fiction book, John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley: In Search of America.
Described by The New York Times Book Review as "pure delight, a pungent potpourri of places and people", here's the gist:
"Believing that a good, interesting life is marked by quality, not quantity, John Steinbeck took note of his itchy feet and prepared to travel. He was accompanied by his French poodle Charley, diplomat and watchdog, across the states of America from Maine to California. Moving through woods and forests, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and glorious wildernesses, Steinbeck observed America and the Americans with a humorous and sometimes sceptical eye."
Having only ever read some of Steinbeck's novels - and those years ago - this will be a new and welcome departure for me, and for you too, I hope. The book should be easily obtainable, both through libraries and retailers, but if you have any trouble getting hold of it, The Book Depository will supply it with free worldwide delivery. Let's open the discussion on it on Saturday, 20th. February.