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March 2019



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September Books

Blotto, Twinks and the Rodents of the Riviera , Simon Brett
Mr Chartwell, Rebecca Hunt
Very Good, Jeeves, P G Wodehouse
Girls of the Swallow Patrol, S E Marten
The Traveller Returns , Patricia Wentworth (Miss Silver)
The Double Image, Helen Macinnes
Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess, Simon Brett
Bones Under the Beach Hut , Simon Brett
Biddy’s Secret, Elsie Jeanette Oxenham
Walking in Pimlico , Ann Featherstone
The Bible: Genesis & Exodus, reading on Kindle
Winter in Wartime , Jan Terlouw. Proof from NetGalley read on Kindle
Kitchen Essays, Agnes Jekyll

Quite a lot of crime this month. The Double Image by Helen Macinnes is a typical cold war thriller set in Paris and the Greek islands. An American academic meets his old professor, an Auschwitz survivor who has been testifying at the Frankfurt trials. The next day the man is dead and John Craig finds himself caught up with the secret services of several countries.

Two Girlsown books, first Girls of the Swallow Patrol by S E Marten, a lucky find at the market. I say lucky but the book was rather a disappointment as it’s short stories, most of them about school rather than Guides. You’d think Biddy’s Secret would be all about Biddy, who is not at all a nice person. I should have known better; it is of course all about Joy and everyone’s fears about how she’ll react to the dreaded secret.

Kitchen Essays is absolutely delightful. Few of us, I think, would be called on to provide luncheon for a winter shooting party or for friends Christmas shopping in town, but the occasions are enjoyable to read about. Writing in 1922, Agnes Jekyll harks back to a bygone time of plenty but doesn’t repine; rather she tries to persuade her readers (of The Times) that hospitality is still possible, if means be straitened. I don’t think I’ll be trying any recipes; far too many unspeakable animal parts involved for me. The book still provides interesting social history and is wittily written. Isn’t it nice when Persephone titles can be found in SHBSs?


I love Kitchen Essays - I like daydreaming about a life where I am called upon to produce A Little Supper After The Play or a Christmas Shopping Luncheon.
Looks to be a good selection and I'm very partial to crime novels myself. I'm quite drawn to Kitchen Essays so I'm going to pop that one on my wish list :)
If you like picturing social occasions of the past and reading old recipes, Kitchen Essays is for you.
Social history is my thing as it goes hand in hand with my passion for genealogy. I love building up a picture of how my ancestors lived and what society was like at the time so the book sounds right up my street :)