Thursday, 15 April 2010

Recent books

This is one of the views from on top of the Long Mynd in Shropshire last Sunday. Fabulous scenery . . .

I just realized that I forgot to mention the books I bought in Hay-on-Wye last week. I was delighted to find a little Country Book Club copy of Alison Uttley's The Swans Fly Over, illustrated by Tunnicliffe too, and a delightful little book. I found a paperback copy (as a spare to give to a friend) of C Henry Warren's England is a Village, illustrates in scraperboard by "BB" - the front cover has a lovely picture of an "old bwoy" riding home sat sideways on a Shire. I couldn't resist Dorothy Hartley's The Countryman's England with its detailed recording of times gone by and skills we have largely lost. Finally, I bought Mollie Harris's Another Kind Of Magic, which tells of her journeys on foot and on bicycle into the byways and villages of the Cotwolds, and the wonderful country folk she met on her journeys.


  1. Love the header - one of my favourite flowers - we used to call them Grandmothers Bonnets. Love the Long Mynd too - used to live in Wolverhampton and drove to the LM often for walks - beautiful open countryside.
    Also love the Alison Uttley - and illustrated by BB - do you know his Little Grey Men and Down the Bright Stream - two of my favourite books. I am so envious of your purchases.

  2. WG - we were fascinated by the area when we drove through several times recently en route to and from Sheffield and wanted to explore more. I am gradually adding to my collection of Alison Uttley's books. I have BB's Little Grey Men and Brendon Chase and love his style of writing - for children and adults.

    By the way, I have just noticed the arm and hand of the Nursery's owner in the background of my header - how did I miss that?!

  3. These books are treasures, and the kind I like to read. My husband would enjoy Mollie Harris' book, I am sure. How nice you purchased them.

  4. Had to take a quick look at your book finds before heading to bed.
    I miss having my jumble of books about me, but that will happen again in time.