I’m impressed.  It only took 2 days for my internet provider to send a replacement router and so here I am back online.  Well done, TalkTalk.

It’s good to be back (even though you never had a chance to miss me), so I feel like chatting about the bumper crop of new arrivals at Lizzy’s Library.  And I mean bumper.  The first half of May has been incredibly bounteous.  Are you sitting comfortably?  Shall I begin with that 22-book parcel from the Book People?

When The Book People put together a collection of 10 books for £9.99, they are very difficult to resist.  This month they had a 10-book set from One World Classics, 7 of which are translated texts (4 from German).  Sold!  As was the 10-book Very Interesting Person collection from Oxford.  In the sale for £5.00.  Add a gorgeous coffee-table book full of pictures of Arctic animal life and flora and a humourous book of random nonsense from Phillip Ardagh (added to reach the free P&P threshold, but proving surprisingly entertaining), and the total is 22-books for £26.  Just how do they do it?

Moving onto publisher donations now.  Thank you each and every one.  I won’t name names, in case I forget someone but  I will try to do you all justice at some point in the future.  In the meantime, I really need to learn to speed-read.  Seriously, can anyone recommend a course?  It’s the only way I’ll ever get through my TBR.

These are the additions to the fiction shelves.  At the top on the front pile, R N Morris “The Cleansing Flames” – the final installment in his quartet of Porfiry Petrovich mysteries.  One for me to read sooner, rather than later.  By contrast, half way down this pile, the proof of Mari Strachan’s second novel.  Not released until August, I’m going to control myself and read it nearer the time …. I am, oh yes, in this at least,  I shall show a  modicum of self-control. 

I’m very excited by the Cynthia Ozick title in the midst of the second pile. I’ve been meaning to acquaint myself with her work as a result of Mookse’s very persuasive championing. This pile also contains two candidates for most beautiful book of the year.  I love the opulent design of David Lodge’s A Man of Parts – and I’m sure I’ll love the contents also.  I was a fan of Author! Author!. 

 By contrast, the simplicity of the cover on David Barre’s Loose-Limbed belies its visual impact.  It is simply stunning.

Moving onto non-fiction.   Nazis on The Run, a history of how Hitler’s henchmen fled to South America, is screaming for my attention in the back pile on this little lot – particularly as I have Philip Kerr’s If the Dead Rise Not to read in tandem with it. 

And finally, to the front a small TBR of fiction translated from (top to bottom) German, Polish, Spanish, Albanian, Dutch, Arabic and Dutch again.  It’s no coincidence that there are two Dutch titles in this pile.  I’m gearing up for June which is Dutch literature month at IrisonBooks.  And, as chance would have it, I have a spare proof copy of  Tommy Wieringa’s Caesarion to giveaway.  If you want to join in and have nothing Dutch to read, watch out for tomorrow’s giveaway post.

So there you have it.  What a haul!  I hasten to add that I did buy a few of the books in the 4 piles described above but I’m maintaining  radio silence as to which (and how many).  Rossetti never uttered a word, never even rolled his eyes, when the humungous parcel from TheBookPeople arrived, so I’m keeping stumm about further indiscretions. I don’t want to push my luck too far.