A Weekend Miscellany…

Traghetto. © Juliet Gaskell, 2006

Apparently it is #ArchiveDay today.  I don’t know who has designated it such – but twitter is alive with tweets to good folks’ archives – so I shall highlight my three most viewed posts since starting this blog – and an odd collection they make too:

  1. ‘Fashion! Turn to the Left. Fashion! Turn to the Right.’which comes top of the list with nearly 6,000 pageviews. In it I look at the gorgeous DK book Fashion – Ultimate book of costume and style; from 2012.
  2. Book v Movie – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen with 3,700 views. Does what it says in the title really; from 2012.
  3. 5 Brilliant Books Set in Venice. This post from 2010 is notable for featuring a drawing by my daughter saved from when she was 6. (She’s now 14!!!)

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Next: Another new book I’m really excited about reading and must make time for – Discovering Scarfolk by Richard Littler.

It’s a spoof 1970s tourist guide – decidedly Midwych Cuckoos meets the nuclear war leaflet Protect and Survive in one of those old Hamlyn books (see my old post here) style. My copy arrived a couple of days ago and it looks scarily well done.

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And finally – look what I got this morning at the Shippon Church book sale (open until 4pm today, on the Barrow Road between the end of Abingdon and Dalton Barracks).

A good haul for £15 don’t you think…

9 thoughts on “A Weekend Miscellany…

  1. susanosborne55 says:

    I think you call that eclectic! I particularly like the Venetian post. I heard about #archiveday last week – apparently it’s every Saturday. Nice idea, and what a fantastic book sale haul!

  2. winstonsdad says:

    Great haul love scarfolk cover sounds like an interesting book lots spooky films and books in late sixties and early seventies so great time frame to set a book

  3. CarolS says:

    Good haul. I want to like Neil Jordan but can’t seem to get on with his writing so never finish his work. I heard Richard Benson at Port Eiiot and was very attracted to his writing, still on my tbr though. Stephen Hunt: unknown to me, ditto The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars’ author – intriguing title – let us know about it please?
    And your archive has sent me exploring especially as I had my first ever visit to Venice this summer (part of my big birthday present), The drawing is lovely, beautifully detailed and proportioned.

    • Annabel (gaskella) says:

      Thank you re J’s drawing. It was amazing for a 6yr old! I must go back to Venice – soon! The Stephen Hunt is the third (I think) in a series – steampunky stuff – I have the first two but not read yet. I’ve never read Neil Jordan, so that one (like most of those in the pile) is an experiment!

  4. BookerTalk says:

    That’s a delicious pile of new acquisitions. Paul Theroux is my favourite travel writer. What is that chunky black one which looks like a classics title

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