A few oddments for the end of the week, beginning with my current read, Vita Sackville-West's The Heir which Simon's post prompted me to pick up - and who could resist that beautiful cover! I'm only one chapter into this story of a house and the man who inherits it, but I'm already quite sure I'm going to love it (as I did All Passion Spent).
Next, on Twitter the other day, Adèle was talking about writers she called "The Old Reliables", nothing to do with age, just those authors whose books we love and can depend upon to be a good read. Adèle listed a few such as Margaret Forster, Jane Gardam, Susan Hill, Anne Tyler, Hilary Mantel, Kate Atkinson, Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine (I'd second all the above), and of the men, Roth, Updike, William Trevor, Colm Toibin, and more. Whose name would you add to the list?
And lastly today, if you're penning your own masterpiece you may be interested in attending the Writers & Artists How to Get Published conference in London on the 6th. of July. Speakers include agents and editors, and there will be a talk on writing fiction by none other than the Man Booker prize-winning Howard Jacobson.