My haul today:
Art & Lies by Jeanette Winterson. I thought it might be nice to read something other than ‘Orange is Not the Only Fruit’.
The Vampire in Europe by Montague Summers. This is a reference book I actually used while doing my Arts degree, and is all about the European myths relating to Vampires. It was first published in 1929 “because of the recent interest in all thing Gothic”. My edition looks to be much younger than that: 1996.
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer; Mr Life at Rose Red edited by Joyce Rearson PhD. This is a companion piece to Stephen King’s Rose Red. I thought it might be interesting to see what King had inspired.
Three books by Monica Dickens. I read many of Dicken’s horsey books as a child, and I am curious to see how I find her as an adult.
Encarta The Book of Quotations – for those times the internet just isn’t providing me with that perfect quote.
Mythology by Edith Hamilton. I tend to collect books about myths, legends and fairy tales. They are often great inspiration.
Twixt Anvil and Sword by Verne Fletcher. I was taken by the name. I have no idea what the actual book will be about. It is the same risk you take with any lucky dip.; it might stink, and it might shine.
A small pile of Australiana like Banjo Patterson & Steele Rudd & John O’Grady. Time to get back to my roots.
Two Gerald Durrell books (TREASURE!) I often blame Gerald Durrell and Harry Butler for turning me into a zoologist.
A Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell. I loved this book as a child, and borrowed it from the library once a year. I also loved the movie. I was very pleased to finally find a copy for my very own. I hope it is as good as I remember.
The Darling Buds of May by H E Bates. I’ve always planned to read this one day, and that day has come.
The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder. Now, I’ve read short stories by Wilder, and liked them. So I’m taking a chance on this on past evidence of his skill as a writer.
Creative Writing in Australia by John K Ewers. First published in 1945, my edition is from 1962. It is meant to be a selection of creative writing from 1788 until the ‘present day’. Even though it is 60 years away from this present day, I thought it would make for interesting reading.
Writing for Pleasure and Profit by William Freeman. This book is circa 1959. It should be an interesting glimpse into how the publishing game has changed!
You Can Write by Eamon Murphy, first published 1985, my edition is 1988. I can never resist a ‘how to write’ book, simply because everyone has such a different idea on ‘how to’. I will report back if I do learn any golden nuggets of wisdom.
Of the Same Pen: Brisbane Fictions edited by Alex Prior. As a Brisbane-based writer, how could I resist?
And a coffee table book about the Australian prime ministers up until Bob Hawke. Mainly to bone up on the earlier prime ministers from after Federation. We we taught all the British monarchs, and not about our own Prime Ministers when I was at school.
And what did all this richness cost me? Not including the Quotations book? AUD$25