There have been many times, when I was in work, that I wished I could just spend the afternoon reading my book. It seems the reading bug has bitten again – this should been seen in a celebratory light however as I’m working from home at the moment it means falling for temptation is all too easy. This morning I spotted a tweet from a friend:-
Anyone else gravitating towards the works of Agatha Christie and P. G. Wodehouse in these troubled times? Hangover fiction. Safe, but interesting, and well crafted stuff that you can lose yourself in without panic or dread.
Sometimes he can be a bit florid in his narrative and that made it a little difficult to get into, however the chase has started, and I don’t know why, but I am thinking it might be something a long the lines of The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan – we will have to wait and see – not that, that’s a bad thing I must add. As I’m a slow reader this will take me a while yet – but I’ll let you know how I get on…
Sadly I must return to work and the book has to be left in a different room, just so I’m not tempted to pick it up for a minute/hour or two.
I love the work of Raymond Briggs! So it is with great joy and glee to read on the Ethel & Ernest blog that there is a trailer for the up and coming film by Lupus films. October 28th is now in the diary and I can’t wait!!!!
Yesterday I bought a “thing” – it’s a throw with a hood and mittens. It’s one of the softest things I have bought in a long time (normally it’s balls of wool). I spent most of the afternoon offering my purchase around for people to feel – it really is that soft!
When I got home I unwrapped it and posted a photo of me proudly sporting my new throw. I have to say when the evenings get cooler I really am going to be as snug as a bug!
I am so excited about this – it’s currently being used as a cushion, as it folds up into the hood – it really works as a comforter
Every Saturday morning I go through my instagram feed for the week, this is no small endeavour! Here is a selection of 4 – I love the way they dress their photos and their lighting is exquisite, they make me smile 🙂
This is the autobiography of Alan Cumming. It was read by himself on BBC radio 4 recently as the book at bedtime. For me it was a little bit past my bedtime so I got the audiobook from the library.
Can I just say WOW!
I remember watching his episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” and thinking that’s tragic but isn’t it lovely that his grandfather was held in such high esteem…
Nobody would have guessed the turmoil he was going through while the filming of that episode. That episode is used as the framework for the book – for him to tell us who he is – where he came from. On twitter I said it swung from harrowing to happy – reading it, it interchanges between the Then of childhood to the Now of filming the programme.
Speaking of remembering seeing Alan on television – I saw him on The Late Late Show (RTÉ) talking about his relationship with his dad and I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say it wasn’t a happy go lucky childhood. However listening to his lilting accent, his voice somehow protects us from his words. You really are routing for the “Then” & “Now” Alan to come through, despite the fact that you kind of know that he has, you are so wrapped up in the story.
This story is very redemptive – by the end of it I would have loved to say to Mary Darling (his Mam) – you did a great job! to Grant – please keep looking after him, he’s mad about you. To Alan, Thank You! Thank you for The HighLife, the photos, and your honesty.
If you don’t read (auto)biographies then listen to this one!