Friday, August 07, 2009

And Part 2 !

"To The Baltic With Bob" was an interesting travel book. I had no idea that the comedian Griff Rhys Jones is a fanatical sailor - and I mean a sailor, not merely a driver of an engine-powered boat. His adventures with his highly eccentric crew on board the small wooden yacht Undina as they travelled the shores of the Baltic was compelling reading, especially considering how vulnerable a very small boat, primarily powered by wind and sail, can be in such treacherous waters. If you have ever read "Swallows and Amazons", this is a version strictly for grown-ups. On occasions the language can be salty and so can some of the exploits......

"Fast Food Nation" is an old book, I know, but one I had never read before. It was extremely interesting, and quite reassuring in a way, knowing that the food industry has had to clean up its act very considerably in the intervening decade between publication and now. I would still treat all fast food with a modicum of caution, nevertheless..... but we went to the Big M's for a celebratory lunch on Transfiguration, and my fish burger was lovely :-)

"Sixpence House" is pure delight.
An American family sell their home and relocate to Hay on Wye, nestled just inside the Welsh Border. Hay is a town of Books, quite literally.
Books and the selling of books are the primary industry of the town and its occupants, and the Hay Literary Festival is seriously big business. Several years ago, DoomHamster went with one of her friends and her family. They met Bill Clinton there, when he was promoting his book, and also Louis de Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Hay is one of the few places where the hoi polloi can rub shoulders with the rich and/or famous, and those who fancy themselves Big Names in the Literary World. The author ended up working for King Richard (the self-declared King of the autonomous kingdom of Hay), owner of the Castle bookshop.

A delightful read, and I was so sad when the book came to an end. I won't say anymore, just in case any of you decide to read it :-)
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1 comment:

Meg said...

A WHOLE TOWN OF BOOKS?!?!?! Better not let my husband know of its existence, or he'll sell up and move us there in two shakes of a lamb's tail!!