Summer in New York is drawing to a close; I have been having a lot of fun, such as messing about in a boat, as seen above, but with less than four weeks left things are starting to get busy and time to read is limited. I may be posting less frequently for the time being, but do bear with me! I have a couple of reviews forthcoming and I hope to give you some more glimpses of New York before I am back permanently on British soil. But for now, some bits and bobs:
Firstly, thank you all for your lovely comments on my London post. Thankfully things appear to have died down, and communities are fighting back against those who were intent on destroying them. I don’t know what the ultimate consequences of these riots will be, but I’m thankful for one thing, at least; it has brought communities closer together, and given people a greater appreciation of and pride in their own neighbourhoods. That’s definitely something worth holding on to.
Secondly, my return to London just got even more exciting as I am no longer a failure at adult life and am thrilled to announce that I will be gainfully employed come September! I will be working as a Senior Trusts and Foundations Manager for a fantastic charity that works with disadvantaged young people, and I am so excited to be a part of the amazing work they do!
Thirdly, I am seriously considering pursuing a part time MA degree, now that I have a job with a decent salary. I’ve found the one I want to do, here. Has anyone got any advice they can give me about studying at this level while also working full time? I’d really appreciate any thoughts anyone might have.
Fourthly, does anyone fancy doing a Persuasion read-along with me in September? I am hankering for a reread and I have never really had the opportunity to discuss this beautiful novel, which is my favourite Austen, in detail with other book lovers. I’m thinking of reading it slowly, probably over a month, and really exploring what makes it such a different novel from the others in terms of its maturity and its depth of emotion. I think it could inspire some truly wonderful discussions and I’d love to be able to engage in a conversation rather than have it all swirling around inside my own head!
Fifthly, I am very excited about Vintage’s reissues of Stella Gibbons’ extensive oeuvre. Here is a tantalising review of the most promising of these new releases, Westwood, and here is an interesting article about Stella Gibbons that has made me desperate to get reading! I will be purchasing these as much for the covers as the content; aren’t they beautiful? Vintage never disappoints me with their cover art, unlike some other publishers I could mention!
Lastly: prizes! Frances of Nonsuch Books and Claire of Paperback Reader, I now have a galley and a finished copy of An Accident in August, so you both get copies! Please give me an email with your addresses and I’ll get those out to you asap.
Liz with no blog, you win The Heat of the Day – please give me an email with your address and I’ll send it on!