This last weekend for me has been a weekend of books. Although every weekend and days come to that are about books. This was more concentrated on books. I have read and reviewed my first Persephone, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, The Home-Maker. Also I have caught up on a weeks worth of the programme My Life in Books, BBC 2 1830-1900 with Anne Robinson, her of the evil wink on The Weakest Link.The premise of the
book programme is getting two well known people, celebrities across different arts and get them to discuss 5 of their favourite books that have featured in their life.
What a fascinating programme, not just about the books that were chosen but the people who were chosen to talk about the books of their life and I think we should say their life so far. Who knows what books all of us have yet to discover and that have yet to be written.
This week we have seen the pairings of P.D. James & Richard Bacon, Giles Coren and Sue Perkins, Clare Balding and Hardeep Singh Kohli, Sir Trevor MacDonald and Rebecca Front and Peter and Dan Snow. I look forward to this weeks pairings.
The books that were chosen were an interesting mix and made me think about the books I had read and where they fit into my life so far. Their choices are unique to each person and it was good to find out if they had read anything I had. What do the books say about these people was interesting way of ending each programme. What do my books say about me? Is that a question I can answer whilst I am still discovering books?
Having recently just reread Roald Dahl’s Matilda I was heartened to see that two of his books were chosen, Boy and Mr Fantastic Fox. The classics were covered well by all the guests; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which a passage was read so beautifully and eloquently by PD James. An author I have failed to read, which I say with some shame as I enjoyed her contribution to the programme.
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. I recall having to read this at school and to be honest, I hated it with a passion and probably still do. It was a chore to read this book and the film which they always made us watch as well to given some substance the book was just as bad. This is one book, I know I could never go back to. Now I am trying to recall the books I did have to read at school and whether I want to go and revisit them.
Moby Dick, Crime and Punishment, Wuthering Heights, Mansfield Park, Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations all books which are famous or infamous and the majority of which I have only experienced through watching the television adaptations of them. Do I need to fix this and start reading some of them. Plenty of books that I had never heard of and it was interesting to see someone enthuse about something that was important to them, even if they knew someone else would find it deadly dull, dreary an d boring. That to me is what books are all about, they are about what each individual gets from them.
The weekend, or at least Saturday was bookmarked with the last part of Faulks on Fiction, this time covering ‘The Villan’. We all love the bad guy don’t we?
Sunday saw more reading, I am currently on the first Agatha Raisin book and also Bitter Chocolate by Lesley Loko. Going between the two to whatever suits me at the time. The weekend chapter comes to a close with South Riding by Winifred Holtby not the book but the TV programme, which the BBC have adapted as part of their year long journey into books, which I think is where I came in at the beginning of this post with my weekend journey of books.