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New Books

Due to the Royal Mail postage strike, my books have been dribbling in in intervals. That’s okay – it prolongs the pleasure! When I arrived back from Norway, waiting for me were:

  • Kristin Lavransdatter parts two and three, by Sigrid Undset
  • Medievalism by Michael Alexander

And although I’m only sixty pages from the end of Kate Grenville’s extraordinary Secret River, I’m scared something horrifying is about to happen, and late at night I take refuge in Kristin’s medieval Norway. Over the course of the week, I’ve also received:

  • Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth Century Poetry, by Chris Jones
  • Getting Medieval, by Carolyn Dinshaw (got tired of taking this out of the library)
  • Postmodernism: A Beginner’s Guide, by Kevin Hart
  • The Student’s Guide to Writing, by John Peck and Martin Coyle (this is for a series of essay writing workshops I’m leading this term)
  • Writers’ Workshop in a Book, ed. by Alan Cheuse and Lisa Alvarez (I stumbled across this in Borders and couldn’t resist – it’s musings on the craft of writing from a variety of well-known authors including Amy Tan and Michael Chabon. It’s to feed my pipe dream of starting a second novel.)

Oh and some books have arrived for the lovie as well:

  • The Penguin Book of Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland (I dipped into this and it looks amazing, and much more fun than ploughing through the poetic Edda)
  • The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

I also have a new backpack load of books from the library, on top of the library books I brought back from Norway. It’s like living in a library in here…

October 27, 2007 at 7:53 pm 2 comments

New Books

I just arrived in Norway with a backpack stuffed full of library books and not as many clothes as I had hoped to fit in. Before I got here, I indulged in a bit of on-line book buying. Not all of them managed to fit in the backpack (or even arrived before I left), but here’s what I have to look forward to:

  • Monster Blood Tattoo, by D. M. Cornish (last time I was in Adelaide all my friends were raving about this new Adelaide writer. Unfortunately it’s a big heavy hardback so I’ll have to wait till I get back to Leeds before I read it.)
  • News From Nowhere and Other Writings, by William Morris
  • Hunger, by Knut Hamsun (apparently a Norwegian classic along the lines of Dostoevsky, but more depressing – better make sure I’m in a cosy place before I read it)
  • Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath, by Sigrid Undset (a Norwegian novel set in the Middle Ages! When I came across a mention to this book on Books Are My Superpower, how could I resist! Unfortunately this one didn’t arrived till after I’d left)
  • The Green Knight, by Iris Murdoch (yep, more medieval references)

At the moment I’d reading Orlando by Virginia Woolf, and writing a thesis chapter on Les Murray, so maybe I’ll post a bit about him, too.

Oh, and here’s a link to the blogroll game – good fun if you want to meet other book-bloggers!

June 2, 2007 at 8:26 pm 5 comments

New Books

I went to the library today but there were no seats due to exams (lots of 18-21 year olds shuffling papers and surreptitiously checking their mobile phones), so I ended up in the university bookshop instead. Oops. And they had 25% off fiction. So I bought:

  • Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee
  • Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
  • The Hours, by Michael Cunningham
  • The New Life, by Orhan Pamuk

And then I ran very fast so I didn’t buy a couple of novels by Simon Armitage and Brick Lane by Monica Ali. Got to stop somewhere. I’m quite excited about The New Life cos of the medievalist references (to Dante’s Vita Nuova) – I’ve read a paper about it somewhere. The justification was to cheer myself up for feeling a bit down about my PhD. Update – the Randolph Stow fest can slow down a bit cos I still need to keep working on my Les Murray chapter. I’m also part way into The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton, so p’raps I’ll get back to that.

May 10, 2007 at 9:54 pm 4 comments


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