Barbara Comyns. I seem to be reading one book every weekend, the books are delightful reads if a bit strange at times. Comyns draws a lot from her experiences which you can find in her biographical Sisters by a River, Our Spoons Came from Woolworths or Mr.Fox. Virago, the wonderful publisher of books by women, printed a number of the works and I just love these editions, if I didn’t own a Kindle these would be adorning my shelves.
Paul Gallico’s funny and heartwarming Mrs Harris series has been republished by Bloomsbury and everyone should read the adventures of this brave and resourceful charwoman. Mrs Harris Goes to Paris should appeal to everyone who loves a little bit of glamour in their lives, it’s a great account of the past which doesn’t exist anymore. These books were out of print for many years and I was so happy to see them again, they have pretty good covers too. Apart from Mrs Harris a lot of other gems got reprinted and I couldn’t be happier.
I found a couple of good things on TV which rarely happens in summer, first one is Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake with the wonderful Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter. This mini series is pretty perfect if you miss Sarah Lund, it’s dark (in more than one meaning and Robin could do with a torch), it has strong female protagonists, there are plenty of shots of stunning scenery and there is a great suspense. The other series I am watching and loving and regretting the episodes are only half an hour long is Under the Dome. Steven Spielberg and Stephen King created, as you would expect, a very very good drama, great set of characters and a supernatural mystery.
If you however like something lighter for summer I highly recommend Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee which includes Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman and Kramer!
The last thing which made me very happy was the Swedish Hasbeens sale and these Papillon sandals just got delivered.