Every year I fall for it; every single year. I get this feeling that Christmas isn’t really Christmas without the special edition of the Radio Times so I waste my money on something I will never finish reading before it’s out of date. It does contain some useful heads ups though: To Walk Invisible looks good. It’s a drama about the Brontës by Sally Wainwright, who is also the writer behind Last Tango in Halifax.
I’ve already mentioned the autumn edition of The Scribbler. I’ve now answered all the quiz questions I can manage off the top of my head so have some research to do. Just the kind of thing I enjoy.
The surprise this year is Country Life. It’s years since I bought a copy (expensive luxury) but was tempted by this issue. I’m glad I was. I’ve enjoyed reading about the amazing ‘grown’ furniture of Gavin Munro and how to look after the free range Cairngorm reindeer herd. If you look at the page, do spend enough time there to see the beautiful changing pictures at the top. The CL authors are all people who can actually write, which makes a nice change. The history of Gloucester Cathedral, the art of gilding and angels in art also pleased me, as did the always amusing Kit Hesketh-Harvey. The photography throughout is stunning. As for the advertisements for fine art, fine jewellery, fine furniture and other impossible luxuries, you can of course drool or ignore them completely, as you wish.