More Books!

We had a long weekend due to the fact that Thursday and Friday were school holidays in Fife, it was half-term. So I didn’t get around to making bread as I had planned to do but we did have a trip to Perth and paid a visit to the Oxfam bookshop there. I don’t often get out of that shop without purchasing something and this time it was two vintage books.

Amberwell by D.E. Stevenson – which is set in a country estate on the west coast of Scotland. The setting seems perfect to me anyway. It’s one of those 1950s editions issued by The Book Club but it’s in good condition.

My other purchase is a Two Mysteries in One Volume paperback by Rex Stout: Fer-de-Lance and The League of Frightened Men. I haven’t read anything by Rex Stout before but as they were written in the 1930s I have high hopes of them. They’re both Nero Wolfe mysteries.

Otherwise I’ve been painting a high ceiling with the aid of a paint roller and an extending pole but I still managed to get a sore neck, however it’s better than balancing on various ladders which is what I was doing at the beginning of last week when I was painting the cornicing with a two inch brush. It can put you right off everything Victorian!

10 thoughts on “More Books!

  1. I have heard quite a bit about DE Stevenson since I started blogging but have not read anything yet by here. I do have one on my shelves, Young Mrs. Savage. It’s on my list for this year.
    Happy painting!

    • Peggy Ann,
      I’ve only read Peter West, Miss Buncle’s Book and Mrs Tim of the Regiment. The last two were funny esp. Miss B as I recall. I must try to get MrsSavage. I’m just about to give that ceiling a second coat!

  2. I hope you like the Rex Stout. Nero Wolf and his right hand man, Archie, are great characters and the flavor of the 1930’s / 1940’s New York City really comes through. There are a ton of Nero Wolf book, so, if you like them, you have years of reading pleasure ahead of you.

    • Joan,
      Obviously I knew the name Rex Stout but had no idea he was writing about Prohibition time, otherwise I would have read them before now, I’m sure I’ll like them.

  3. I had visions of you up a ladder muttering about all things Victorian whilst painting,

    I have seen like Peggy quite a lot about DE Stevenson but not ventured into her books yet! More for the list.

    • Jo,
      Well you were right although it was a bit stronger than ‘muttering’. Why did they make the ceilings so scarily high!
      Those never ending lists of ours just keep growing, there are worse addictions to have I suppose!

  4. I still haven’t read anything by DE Stevenson! I’ve just finished reading a contemporary novel – The Lewisman, by Peter May, and am now reading his The Blackhouse, which should have been the first one to be read. Set in The Isle of Lewis, Fin Macleod investigates the discovery of a body in a bog (The Lewisman), and the murder of a young man who was brought up in the same village as him. There’s a third Fin Macleod book called The Chessmen I will read too in due course. Fin’s own story runs through the books too as he remembers his childhood and young life before he left the island for Glasgow.

    • Evee,
      I don’t think I’ve heard of him, they sound interesting so I’ll be on the lookout. I recently got the James Robertson book – And the Land Lay Still – I’m sure I heard about it from you, I’m hoping to get around to it soon.

  5. I wish I had access to bookshops that carry vintage books! All we have here are shops that have multiple cast-off James Patterson and Nora Roberts books.
    Have you finished the painting?

    • Anbolyn,
      Unfortunately the local second-hand bookshop has closed down (I did my best to keep it going!) so the nearest good shops are now in Perth and Edinburgh, each is about 20 miles away. You can’t beat browsing in a shop but sometimes I resort to Ebay, Alibris, Abebooks and Awesome Books- even when I’m meant to be buying no books at all – too naughty. I have finished the painting in the study, now for our bedroom which thankfully doesn’t have a high ceiling and cornicing. For some reason I’m chuffed that your name is really Anbolyn!

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