It's been a while since I have taken advantage of the fact that I live very near a large public library with remarkably civilised opening hours. On a search for Emma Donoghue's Room and David Nicholls' One Day, both of which I had sampled on the Kindle for iPhone and desperately want to read, I went in. This is what I came out with (as always, pictures are clickable to big zoomed in pictures in iPhone quality):
Joyce Carol Oates – Little Bird of Heaven – Oates has been in the press recently for her memoir of grief and I'd never heard of her before that, so I'll give her a go.
Audrey Niffenegger – Her Fearful Symmetry – Hype. Must Read.
David Nicholls – Starter for Ten – Couldn't have One Day, had to have something else instead. Had seen funny movie with James McAvoy* and knew this would be funny. My cousin (who blogs about fashion and life in London here) borrowed it and was laughing out loud within a few pages. It must be funny.
David Mitchell – The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – hype again. Also, pretty cover. Very pretty cover.
Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall – ditto.
* – could someone please find a film in which James McAvoy keeps his lovely lovely Scottish accent and recommend it to me?
I also discovered that the HMV across from Bond St tube station is closing down and is therefore flogging off stock. 3 Glee CDs (don't judge me, people…) and 3 books later:
Philip K. Dick – Minority Report – iconic sci-fi which I should read.
And my husband has thieved the third book I bought, Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon.
So that's all that's new at Maison RFBT!