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:-
– and he’s right! There is something comforting in that vintage detective fiction. In the last day or two I’ve been reading a J.Jefferson Farjeon book from the British Library Crime Classics.
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.
J.Jefferson Farjeon Book List
John Reppion. (Who is also a good read!)
I love listening to the radio – I have one in every room in the apartment even the smallest room!
Actually, that’s not exactly true – I did have a radio on my locker but retired it for the telly. What I mean by that is we get the radio through the television and the signal is much, much better! However this morning two things happened to be bring the radio back to the locker – I woke up in time to listen to Gloria on LyricFM and the remotes were over on his locker. The radio was found, plugged in and I snuggled back down to listen. It really was glorious! The reception wasn’t too bad either.
Speaking of reception – I mentioned earlier that reception is better on the telly – well that’s not really worth anything if there’s no electricity! As was the case last week. I had just gotten off the bus when all of the house alarms started going off. It seems that when the electricity fails you don’t get silence these days. I do like having no electricity – it’s like an adventure! Anyway with no telly or internets there was only the radio left! So out came my transistor (I don’t think they can be called a tranny any more) and the reception of BBC radio 4 was PERFECT! We listened away ’til the lights came back and at that point all of the static electricity that was being generated completely destroyed the reception. Now I know some will go what did you expect but it had never dawned on me before – yes, electrical weather but household, no!
Here is my old faithful –
I’ve had her for too many years than I’d care to admit to!
It’s absolutely piddling out but the shopping had to be done. The happy outcome of shopping is not loads of yummy food but I bumped into a friend I haven’t seen in years! I’m absolutely thrilled.
So there you go – I’m a happy bunny 🙂
Last week we were at a book launch – it was a friend of ours that was having the launch.
A book by a friend is always a dodgy thing. It could be great but it might not.
Well today I finished The Organised Criminal.
Generally I’m not a great one for florid writing but in this time I lapped it up. In this instance the sentences were short and sharp, maintaining a steady pace.
The voice of the book is that of Jay O’Reilly who is also the main protagonist.
On the opening page we find out that he’s heading home for a family funeral, home being Crossmaglen, Northern Ireland. He’s not overly happy about being back – no that’s not right – he’s not comfortable being back but it’s good to see some old friendly faces.
I don’t want to say anything else about the story as that would give the story away. A good sign for me is that as I come to the end I just don’t want to put it down – I have to find out how does it all work out and in this particular instance I couldn’t put it down. Now all I want to is to read more by Jarlath.