Things are likely to be quiet around here for the next week or so.  I’m off to the Glasgow AyeWrite Festival this weekend to be followed by a business trip.

So while I’m away, feast your eyes on the fruits of a bountiful February. .  I won some, others were publisher donations to the cause and I did part with  my own pennies too.   I’m not going to divulge how many as hubby sometimes reads this and we wouldn’t want to induce a heart attack, would we?  Suffice to say that I’ve promised not to spend anything as much in the next couple of months particularly as I have a couple of trips to London coming up, including one to the UK book bloggers meet in May (!),  and a trip to a mystery warm, dry and sunny destination in June.  More on that in due course.

Returning to the books …..

There are some very exciting reads here.  I can’t possibly showcase them all.  Let me pick out a few highlights. Starting with the back row bottom up

The Clay Dreaming – Ed Hillyer  I do love a London novel in which the River Thames features as a central character and I suspect that might be the case here.   Set in 1868, during the cricket tour of an Aboriginal Australian cricket team.  Sarah Larkin’s quiet routines divided betwen her father’s sick room and the British Library, takes on a completely new aspect when King Cole, aka Bripoki, arrives unannounced on her doorstep, requestingher help.  A curious friendship develops as together they research the fate and fortune of Joseph Druce, a convicted felon, transported to New South Wales nearly eighty years earlier: sneak thief, drunkard, castle rustler, Royal Navy deserter  – and quite possibly a murderer.  I’m intrigued and torn. I’d promised myself that my next Thames novel was to be Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend.  It’s a promise I may have to break.

Grace – Maggie Gee One for my collection of Maggie Gee 1st editions.  I do this you know with my favourite authors.  And if you look closely you’ll see her new memoir My Animal Life peeping at you from the front row.

The Cello Suites – Eric Siblin  Impulse purchase prompted by KevinfromCanada’s magnificent review.

A Razor Wrapped In Silk – Roger N Morris You already know how excited I am about this one.  It’s keeping me company on next week’s business trip.

Moving onto the front row from the top.

Introducing Psychology I’ve never been tempted to read a graphic novel but this graphic introduction to a subject that fascinates me might be the way in.

May DayF Scott Fitzgerald – Another addition to my collection of Melville House Publishing’s Art of the Novella.

A Happy Man – Hans Jörg Schertenleib; Robert Walser – The Tanners; The Inheritance – Peter Stephan Jungk 3 more to add to my growing collection of  translations from German.  I’m spoilt for choice these days.

Philippe Claudel – Brodeck’s Report Kimbofo, thanks for this.

And last but not least: Susan Fletcher, Corrag; My Animal Life – Maggie Gee; Jon McGregor – Even the Dogs (another fantastic KevinfromCanada review here); The Hand that First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell; The Long Song – Andrea Levy and Books Burn Badly – Manuel Rivas (a book with links to June’s mystery destination).  If I may be superficial for a moment, never mind the contents, just admire the design!  Aren’t they gorgeous?