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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday and a Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’ve invited myself to tea at my mum’s this evening and then we’re going to see The Greatest Showman so I’ll get round all your WWW posts as soon as I can…it might have to be WWW Thursday this week 😉
I’m reading Spare Brides by Adele Parks
and The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler (still)
I’m enjoying reading about the Spare Brides following the First World War. It’s quite the social commentary featuring 4 very different good friends. I have a fondness for 1 more than the others so am more interested in her happy ever after!
I’m sick of featuring Forgotten Authors in this post so I’m going to finish this book this week!
The 1920s: a time of hope, promise – and parties. But not all the men came home, after The War.
Meet the spare brides.
Young, gorgeous – and unexpectedly alone.
Ava relishes the freedom of being single.
Sarah fears no one can replace her hero husband.
Beatrice finds it hard to shine, next to her dazzling friends.
And Lydia is married, rich, privileged: so isn’t she one of the lucky ones?
Then a chance encounter changes everything.
Angry, damaged and dangerously attractive, Edgar Trent is an irresistible temptation.
And the old rules no longer apply…
Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you’re dead.
So begins Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from shelves.
We are fondly introduced to each potential rediscovery: from lost Victorian voices to the twentieth century writers who could well become the next John Williams, Hans Fallada or Lionel Davidson. Whether male or female, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner – no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten.
I recently finished Mobile Library by David Whitehouse
Not quite the light fluffy read I expected given its cover but this book was utterly heart-breaking but also filled with love, oh and lots of books! I’m still not ready to let go of Bobby, Rosa and Val and wonder how it all worked out for them. My only slight niggle and why I didn’t give it 5* is that the very first chapter is The End!! Where’s the suspense in that……
Twelve-year-old Bobby Nusku is an archivist of his mother. He catalogues traces of her life and waits for her to return home.
Bobby thinks that he’s been left to face the world alone until he meets lonely single mother Val and her daughter Rosa. They spend a magical summer together, discovering the books in the mobile library where Val works as a cleaner. But as the summer draws to a close, Bobby finds himself in trouble and Val is in danger of losing her job. There’s only one thing to do — and so they take to the road in the mobile library . . .
What’s up next? Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I’ve never read this book and after I watched the BBC dramatisation at Christmas, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I’ve picked it for our next book club read. I better get a move on as we’re meeting on the 21st!!
“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship”
Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there’s tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there’s Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters.
Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures – including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.
Have you read any of my choices?
Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…