Part 11 – SOMETHING SANTA BROUGHT

Back again and less than 24 hours since my last post.  This must be a record. Anyway, I forgot to add the book I received for Christmas to my list of recently read books.

Rare: A Life Among Antiquarian Books, by Stuart Kells, details the lives of Kay and Muriel Craddock. It tells how they have become among the most successful and well respected antiquarian booksellers, not only in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia where their shop is located, but throughout the world. As Geoffrey Blainey wrote in the foreward “Rare chronicles the social history of the book trade in the second half of the twentieth century – when antiquarian bookselling emerged as a recognisable profession. ” As well as being a great read, the book was very informative for me.

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Part 10 – 2012 NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK

Happy New Year to you, and I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas with those close to you. On impulse I decided on a change of look for the blog, for the new year. Whether it stays like this or not who knows. Tomorrow I may decide to have a different look altogether.

Have you been fitting in lots of relaxing reading time over the holiday period? I hope so. If there has been anything outstanding please let me know as I’m always looking for new titles.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is a novel I read late last year, one on my book group’s list. The two main characters in the book are Sarah of the title, and Julia Jarmond a modern day journalist. Sarah was a child, one of the many thousands of Jews in Paris rounded up by the French police on the 16th July 1942 and then transported to Auschwitz death camp. Julia is assigned to write a story on based on this event, and through her investigations, much of Sarah’s past is revealed. Well worth reading.

I’ve recently finished The Red Tent, a fictionalised account of the life of Dinah, the only sister of Joseph (of the coat of many colours fame), daughter of Jacob and his first wife Leah. Written by Anita Diamant, this book of Genesis gives a woman’s perspective of life at that time. The red tent refers to the place where women would go when menstruating or giving birth. I would definitely recommend this one.

Currently I am part way through The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild. Lawrence Anthony, owner/operator of Thula Thula willdlife reserve received a request that common sense told him he should say no to. He was asked to take a herd of “rogue” elephants. But knowing that otherwise the fate of these huge beasts would be death, Lawrence felt unable to refuse. So far I am finding this one fascinating as I read of the challenges this animal lover encountered in his attempts to bond with the elephants and the things they were able to teach him.

Anyway, it’s after midnight so I’d best be off. See you soon.