I’ve been asked about my holiday reading. I’m happy to record it, if only as a statement of intent:-
David Cannadine, Victorious Century
It’s been sitting by my bed since it appeared earlier in the year. I’ve always admired Cannadine’s gift for synthesis. Now I can digest his latest.
Jamie Camplin, Books do furnish a Painting
Not yet published: a treat in store.
Esther Kinsky, River
A post-Sebaldian, East London book by a German writer and translator, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.
Salvatore Settis, If Venice Dies
A paean or lament (or both) by Settis, an Italian archaeologist who directed the Getty Center in the 1990s.
Leif Bersweden, The Orchid Hunter
I missed her talk at the Garden Museum.
Stella Tillyard, The Great Level
I haven’t brought much fiction, but this will be deeply informed, historical fiction.
Alan Jenkins, Morning
Again, I heard him talk at the Garden Museum and like the idea of making good use of the early morning (and admire The Observer Food Monthly which he edits).
Rupert Christiansen, The City of Light: the Reinvention of Paris
Since this is a blog, I am allowed to recommend books by friends.
Moya Carey, Persian Art: Collecting the Arts of Iran for the V&A
A book about an era when the V&A under Caspar Purdon Clarke was able to acquire Iranian antiquities with scholarly intent and no compunction.
Lilia Schwartz and Heloise Starling, Brazil: A Biography
Catching up on the history of Brazil, a new enthusiasm.
Then, there are assorted books about Anglesey which I luckily didn’t leave here or they would have been destroyed by the damp.
What these books demonstrate is that I buy more books than I get round to reading. But I like the idea that I can catch up on a year of not reading enough.