Bookshelf Travelling in Insane Times – 28th December

Bookshelf Travelling in Insane Times was originally hosted by Judith at Reader in the Wilderness, then I took over for a while, but this will be my last such post as I’ve just about run out of bookshelves that I think people might be interested in seeing. This has been an enjoyable meme though and I’ve loved seeing books from other people’s collections.


On the left hand side there are a couple of books by the World War 1 VAD nurse Vera Brittain – Account Rendered and Testament of Experience, I gave Testament of Youth to my history teacher daughter-in-law. They’re interesting books, but Vera Brittain was a bit of a dichotomy as she was all for women’s rights, as long as the women weren’t her own servants – according to her daughter Shirley Williams.

I love Patrick Leigh Fermor’s travel writing, he began his adventures as an 18 year old, I believe after he was expelled from school. Those adventures and his knowledge of Greek were of great help during World War 2 when he joined the army and went undercover to what was then German occupied Greece. Not that he was very low profile as he ended up taking a German general prisoner!

The Little Prince by Antoine Saint Exupery is a lovely wee book. It’s beautifully illustrated by the author too.

The French dictionary is from my school days but it still comes in handy sometimes. At school I ‘did’ French, German and Latin and much more recently I’ve been trying to learn Dutch, but I don’t think I could ever get to grips well with any language unless I lived in the country for a while, well that’s my excuse anyway! Are you bookshelf travelling this week?

Staircase Wit

4 thoughts on “Bookshelf Travelling in Insane Times – 28th December

  1. That is funny about Vera! I don’t think I had heard of her when the Testament of Youth miniseries was on TV but I watched it with my mother and we loved it. I remember there was an interview with Shirley Williams and, unless I have the timeframe wrong, there was a possibility at that time she would become the next Prime Minister. We were super disappointed that it was Margaret Thatcher instead!

    Several people have recommended Patrick Leigh Fermor to me. I will have to try one at some point. Happy New Year to you and Jack!

    • Constance,
      There was never any possibility of Shirley Williams being PM. She was in the Labour party but was never the leader. She did help to set up a new political party called the SDP (Social Demmocratic Party) but it didn’t last all that long. I liked her but I don’t think she was leader material, she was too decent probably! Happy New Year to you and yours, when it comes.

  2. I still haven’t read Vera Brittain, though Testament of Youth has been on my shelf for at least 4 years. And I’m really disappointed that despite my many years of French in school, that no class had me read Le Petit Prince. MUST DO! Thanks.

    • Judith,
      You may have been put off by the small print and thickness of Testament of Youth, I know that I was. I especially hate thick paperbacks as they’re so difficult to hold and I always try to avoid cracking a book’s spine which can be very difficult with chunksters.

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