Monday, 3 October 2016

Coincidences and books........both reviewing and selling

We watch several quizzes on TV and often the same question will pop up  on different programmes within a day or two. If I've remembered the answer then I can look really clever!
The same thing happens with books. A mention of something in one book can lead onto reading of the same thing again very soon after.
 This month Persephone Books are republishing "Long Live Great Bardfield; The autobiography of Tirzah Garwood". The title jumped out at me because Great Bardfield is a village in Essex and we've been there for their Garage Sale Day with our friends who live in the neighbouring village of Finchingfield. Hadn't a clue who Tirzah Garwood was but turns out she was the wife of Eric Ravilious,.............. hadn't a clue who Eric Ravilious was either but apparently he was an artist. Anyway I put the book on my wish list just out of curiosity. Then Dean Street Press sent me a copy of "Bewildering Cares" by Winifred Peck which they are republishing, also this month, and who is the painting on the cover by? Yep, you guessed.......Eric Ravilious.

Weird.

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Cover illustration detail from "Village Street" (1936) by Eric Ravilious


I've now read Bewildering Cares and enjoyed it, although not as much as House-Bound or maybe I'm just mis-remembering.
 As the grandaughter of  bishops - on both sides of the family, and daughter of a vicar, Winifred Peck is able to write with some knowledge about the life of a vicars wife in 1940.

It starts with a letter from a old acquaintance asking what she does as the wife of a vicar "and as I am trying to do without a library subscription in Lent", Camilla Lacely tells her husband Arthur "and there are no evening meetings owing to the blessed blackout, I shall write down for her what the life of a parsons wife is like. Just one week to show her everything happens and nothing happens"
Most of the happenings during the week are the effect of the curate's sermon " I wish I'd been there instead of at the Mission" Arthur says when told of the upset Mr Strangs sermon has caused "What did he say?". Camilla casts her mind back and realizes she can remember nothing and must have nodded off!
There are quite a lot of small happenings during  Camilla's week " It's a storm in a teacup of course,but then we live in a teacup".  Two romances, an illness,  a "Quiet Day", a death, anxieties about their son in the RAF ,an inheritance and  of course Camillas attendance on many committees, which, as all the young parishioners have joined the services, are mainly attended by  the same elderly spinsters.
Some of the sentences in this book are a bit long which necessitates going back to read them again but there are many humourous and witty lines. "It was an opening for Mrs Pratt, of course, but she would find an opening in a steel wall anyhow"...............made me smile
And this observation struck a chord with me "As with so many girls who have lived in shops and offices, her values are all wrong. She looks on so many things for show as necessities which seem to me merely luxuries."

Overall a good read  ( Many thanks to Dean Street Press for sending me a copy of this book, books and magazines are the only things I will receive and review on this blog!!) and now I've ordered House-Bound from the library to re-read, thought I had a copy but haven't.


Thank you to someone for the mention on their blog of Ziffit.com. As you know we moved here with well over 1000 books, most of which are still boxed under the bed and we, sorry that should be I, seem to have acquired 30 or 40..... er 50? more in the 6 months since we arrived.

 The time has come the old woman said 
to sell  some books from under the bed.

 Ziffit.com buy books, not all books - they are quite particular on what they want -  and two of mine have been sold to them for just over £6 each! I boxed up 7 books and await a cheque for £23!

Still waiting for the Amazon voucher from the survey thing .......within 2 days the email said. It's now 5 days. Thought it was too easy to be true.
 
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Sue

18 comments:

  1. 1000 books wow, I am still sorting sent another to Ziffit last week and working on another load x

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  2. Eric Ravillious's work has suddenly become hugely fashionable, along with the other Bardfield artists. You can see their work in the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden - worth a visit!
    btw I stumbled on your blog while searching for a recipe for Suffolk Rusks, like the ones my Auntie Winnie used to make in the 1960s when we used to go to their beach hut in Felixstowe. I hope your recipe matches the delicious flavour I have in my memory!

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    1. Oh heck, hope the recipe matches up to your Auntie Winnies. We love our Felixstowe beach hut and have been there this afternoon

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  3. I like Eric Ravillious's work very much and have always admired it.
    As to that last line in your post - good question!

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    1. I shall have to find out more about ER, either before or after I've read the biog.

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  4. The books I've been reading have been pretty odd...John Lydon's autobiography, the bizarre take of Noth Korean cinema kidnappings

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  5. I first read about Eric Ravillious last year in Iceland as he was based there as a war artist. I talked to an artist friend about him and she too had never heard of him. Then just after that she saw a program about him and I heard that there was an exhibition of his works in London so we went to see it. Since then he has kept popping up such as in your blog. I will try and get that book as my husband lived near Great Bardfield for a while.

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    1. Even more coincidences. I shall have to find out more about him now

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  6. You find the most interesting books.

    God bless.

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  7. Goodness, 1000 books is a lot of books and a lot of reading as well. I'm intrigued now as to which sort of books you sold to Ziffit, are they collectibles/out of print etc?

    Hoope Col is still on the up. xx

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    1. The ones over £6 were a healthy eating cookery book from the 80s and a Monty Don book, it's a mystery why they were more than others which were £1 or so each.

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  8. Jane over at Frugal Queen, has been spreading the word about Ziffit.com. I'm glad you made a good amount for some of your books. Now I'm wondering if I can bear to part with anymore ... I'm sure I could for good old hard cash :-)

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    1. It all seems almost too easy, just putting in ISBN numbers and sending off.
      Selling 7 hasn't made much of a dent but we still have 20ish boxes to look through

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  9. I thought about you when i was given three great big bags of books to read a few weeks ago , I have only got around to reading one yet but it will save me a few trips to the library , Its always nice to hear about the books you read xxx

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  10. The voucher will arrive eventually. Brian did a survey for ipsos mori a few years ago and it took a few weeks for the voucher to arrive. We'd forgotten about it so it was a nice surprise when it did appear. Xx

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