Wednesday, April 18, 2012
New Book, New Magazine
here - about Rosy Thornton's novel 'A Tapestry of Love'. Rosy kindly sent me a copy of the book when she saw from my book list that I'd read an earlier book of hers. This week I received from her a copy of her latest book 'Ninepins' which I'm very much looking forward to reading just as soon as I've finished a couple of books I borrowed from the library last week. I'll write a review of it as soon as I've read it but for now here is the synopsis from the back cover.
"Deep in the Cambridgeshire fens, Laura is living alone with her 12-year old daughter Beth, in the old tollhouse known as 'Ninepins'. She's in the habit of renting out the old pumphouse once a fen drainage station to students, but this year she's been persuaded to take in 17-year old Willow, a care-leaver with a dubious past, on the recommendation of her social worker, Vince. Is Willow dangerous or just vulnerable?"
This book sounds very different to the others of Rosy's books that I've read and I must admit I'm already intrigued by the fenland setting.
Yesterday I was wandering around W H Smith gazing at all the magazines, of which there are so many mostly looking the same, when I came across something new. I picked it up and riffled through a few pages and knew I couldn't leave it in the shop.
Featured seasonal flowers were tulips, lilac, freesias and bluebells and seasonal produce like rhubarb, rosemary, runner beans and asparagus with accompanying recipes. There were also articles on red deer, Dorset's Jurassic coast, wood working and willow weaving. I think it was the fact that a heroine of mine, Mary Anning, appeared in the article on the Jurassic Coast, you'll perhaps remember I've written about her in previous posts like the one - here - that finally convinced me to buy the magazine as I don't buy glossy mags very often, usually only as a treat on my birthday or for Christmas.
I'm hoping that the next issue will be just as interesting! If it is I will most probably buy it regularly, or perhaps take out a subscription - as you can see I'm hooked already.
I'll be back soon with the second part of our walk in the Goyt Valley