Firstly, apologies for the lack of posts in the last week or so. I’ve been on hollibobs in the beautiful islands of Orkney so have spent the last week exploring the islands’ fascinating history, eating my own body weight in ice-cream sundaes and fully-loaded hot chocolates and, of course, chilling out with a good book or three. For this, I make no excuses. It was wonderful.
But all good things must come to an end and, several pounds heavier and a good deal more relaxed, I wanted to quickly mention some of the things you can look forward to on The Shelf over the next few months.
I read a couple of really good books on holidays once of which – Amy Liptrot’s ‘The Outrun‘ – felt extra special because of reading it in the place where it is set. It’s got me thinking about the relationship between a piece of writing and its location – and whether this has any impact on the way we read and respond to it. At the moment I’m still grappling with my thoughts but I hope to turn these into a coherent blog post and review very soon.
I have a blog tour coming up on 05 October for P D James’ short story collection ‘Sleep No More‘.
This will be followed by a visit to The Shelf from Christopher Fowler to chat about his non-fiction collection ‘The Book of Forgotten Authors‘ on 07 October.
Also scheduled for later in the autumn are features on the upcoming CWA Short Story Anthology and some classic Christmas crime from Cyril Hare. I’m also discovering the latest in an ongoing crime series that features crime writer Josephine Tey as its detective.
There’s also another Cosy Reading Night from @laurenthebooks to look forward to on 20 October that I’m hoping to take part in. And, of course, with the festive season looming ever closer, I dare say that a bookish gift guide and some Christmas reading suggestions might appear – I do love an excuse to buy books, especially for other people!
I’m really looking forward to the next few months on the blog. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to The Shelf since it moved across to WordPress – the migration has gone even better than I’d hoped and I’m really enjoying the process of developing The Shelf in its new home. I hope you’re enjoying the posts – if you have any suggestions for content you’d like to see, or comments about any of the posts, please do drop me a line or say come say hi over on Twitter. I’ll be back with a full post soon but, in the meantime, happy reading! x