Bookshelf Travelling in Insane Times – 9th, November

Here we are at another Bookshelf Travelling in Insane Times blogpost although times don’t seem to be quite as insane as they were in one part of the world anyway. This meme was originally hosted by Judith at Reader in the Wilderness, but I’m gathering any blogposts together at the moment.

Another Bookshelf

My bookshelf this week is in the living room which we think of as the winter living room, so tonight that’s where I’m blogging from, for the first time this year. It’s a shelf full of fairly hefty books, quite a few of them being those omnibuses that were popular back in the 1970s and 80s. I think they were quite cheap to buy considering they contain four or so novels, but they are very unwieldy to read, especially in bed.

Really the books here are by several of my favourites authors. Daphne du Maurier, Hilary Mantel, Olivia Manning, John Galsworthy and a few books about the Mitford sisters, the Mary S. Lovell one is a good read.

There’s a book of Robert Burns poetry on its side, three volumes from the Our Beautiful Homeland series which is a travel series, the three that I have are on the north of England, mid Scotland and the south of England. These books are really lovely with quite a lot of illustrations which were taken from watercolours by E.W. Haslehust. You can see his works here. He seems to have got the contract for illustrating all of this series of books, it must have been quite lucrative for him, well I hope it was anyway. They date from around the 1900s and can be surprisngly cheap in secondhand bookshops, often just four or five pounds.

The books to the far right are nothing to do with me, they’re on football history and various International Exhibitions.

Other Bookshelf Travellers this week are:
I read that in a book

5 thoughts on “Bookshelf Travelling in Insane Times – 9th, November

  1. Lots of books here I would like to read and haven’t: The books by Olivia Manning and the ones by Daphne du Maurier. I probably read Rebecca (too long ago to be sure), and I plan to reread it. But I would like to read other books by du Maurier also. I have also been thinking about reading about the Mitford sisters. Would you recommend the Mary S. Lovell book or is there a better one? I have one book about one of the sisters, but I wanted to start with an overall book.

    I have not read The Mirror & the Light yet. I do have a copy but I will probably wait until 2021.

    I won’t be doing a bookshelf traveling post until next weekend.

    • tracybham,
      I would recommend the Mary S. Lovell book The Mitford Girls, I know I reviewed it but it seems to have disappeared from my blog! Lovell is a good biographer. I waited so long for the Mantel book to come out and I got it as soon as it was published and devoured it in less than a week, I’m going to re-read them all, probably in 2021. I don’t often do re-reads but would happily do so with all the books on this shelf.

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