Sofa reading, December 2017

Last week I was pleased to borrow a recently acquired copy of Calamity in Kent by John Rowland from my local  library.  It’s one of over fifty books that have been published in the British Library Crime Classics series over the past few years.

Most of these books are by less familiar authors and haven’t been in print for many years so it’s good to see them being published again.  I’ve only read a handful so have plenty to look forward to including several which are set at this time of year such as Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story by J Jefferson Farjeon.


Liz has recently read Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin.

When I remember I will write it down for you.  These days…I have to put in requests to my brain, as one does at the library, and then a little worker takes my slip and disappears into the stacks. It may take him a while he always comes back with the goods.   This is one of the best metaphors that I have read to describe memory loss and the ageing process.

The remark is made by an elderly neighbour to Marcus, an eleven year old boy who has been sent to live with a reclusive great-aunt and only surviving relative.  The setting is an island with beach cottages off the South Carolina coast during the summer months where Marcus, in adapting to a different life experience, comes to terms with his own sorrows and confusions.

As in many of her books Godwin explores loss, grief and memory extraordinarily well in this short page-turner.


Do have a look at Cathy’s blog post Reading the Holidays which she did last week.  As well as a lovely picture her second paragraph had me agreeing and smiling.   You’ll also see that she’s reading a couple of Rachmal Crompton’s William books!


Happy reading, and have a good weekend!


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21 Responses to Sofa reading, December 2017

  1. CJ says:

    Nothing like a good book at this time of year. I’ve been squeezing in a bit of reading when I can, it’s always such an enjoyable luxury. Love the cover of your book, hope you enjoy it. CJ xx

  2. karen says:

    This has reminded me to make more time for reading. I tend to feel that I must read to learn something. I forget that I can just read for pleasure. It feels like an indulgence in such a busy life where so many people have a call on my time. 2018 might be the start of more me-time. I hope you enjoy your book Mike. Best wishes. Karen xx

  3. Jo says:

    They both sound like interesting books. I haven’t had chance to read as much as I usually do just recently, I usually read in bed but lots of late nights mean that my reading time has gone out of the window.

  4. My sofa reading is only garden books – I am predictable like this! 😉

  5. Thank you so much for the re-blog. It was very kind of you and lots of new people dropped in which is wonderful ! Still enjoying Just William, we all need a bit more silliness.

  6. Liz says:

    Mike, I love the cover of your book and glad you enjoyed the read. I’m always a little annoyed when libraries cull their collections and then I notice a review of a book I’d forgotten or never read and sometimes cannot lay my hands on a copy: library or second hand.

  7. I didn’t get given one book this year. Such a shame. Thankfully I have a few short stories left of the magnificent book Round Up by Ring Lardner.

  8. Cosy reading, just the ticket, although the seed catalogues have started to arrive…

  9. snowbird says:

    You just can’t beat a good read, especially during these long dark evenings. Both books sound

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