Recent Book Purchases

More Old Books

These are some of the books that I’ve bought over the last few weeks. The Naomi Mitchison and Mary Stewart books will obviously be featuring in my Read Scotland 2016 Challenge. The others are all authors that I’ve enjoyed reading in the past.

1. The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
2. Kingfishers Catch Fire by Rumer Godden
3. The Land the Ravens Found by Naomi Mitchison
4. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor
5. The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart
6. An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden

At the moment I’m in a hotel room in Ypres (Wipers) – a place I never thought we would get around to visiting, but here we are. Strangely we’re in a lovely hotel with a beautiful view of bomb craters that have become a small lake. At the moment I’m about 30 yards from where the Germans used flame-throwers for the very first time, a sobering thought.

We’ve already visited the Menin Gate and witnessed The Last Post ceremony which takes place at 8 pm every night. It was very well attended.

Photos will be forthcoming at a later date.

7 thoughts on “Recent Book Purchases

    • Valerie,
      It makes me think that leaving the EU would make another European war more likely in the future, although I can’t see the youth of today falling for the rhetoric of the politicians and signing up.

  1. Horrible things, those flame throwers. Very upsetting to think about.

    On the other your list of new books makes me smile. I just picked up Gabriel’s Hounds too!

  2. I love seeing your new finds. I am always on the search for more author/title names to add to my list of books to read:)

    My husband and I have a trip to Germany planned later this year, and I have considered including Belgium since he lives near the border. I will interested in seeing your photos and hearing about your experience there.

    Paula

  3. Oops… correction to the above. I didn’t make it clear that in our trip to Germany, we will be visiting my son and his wife. HE is the one who lives near the border with Belgium

    Thanks,
    Paula

    • Paula,
      Aha, that makes it clear. We’re back in Holland now after three days in Belgium where we went for the first time. The Ypres area is very nice and the town is lovely, but I wonder how the locals feel about all the WW1 memorial tourism, if that’s the right word. Photos will follow – eventually.

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