Today's Christmas book is 'Christmas at High Rising' by Angela Thirkell, a collection of short stories published in 2013.
You either like Angela Thirkell's tales of the people in her fictional Barsetshire or you don't. She wrote 29 books between 1933 and 1961 and I've been gradually collecting and reading them over the last few years. Virago have re-printed several - unfortunately they've not yet done the ones I haven't got, so 5 are still stuck on my wish list ranging in price fro £20 to £30. I keep hoping Virago will re-do all of them given time.
From Amazon website...........
"Originally published in the 1930s and 1940s and never before collected, these stories by the incomparable Angela Thirkell relate merry scenes of a trip to the pantomime, escapades on ice, a Christmas Day gone awry, and an electrifying afternoon for Laura Morland and friends at Low Rising, not to mention the chatter of the arty set at a London private view. Charming, irreverent and full of mischievous humour, they offer the utmost entertainment in any season of the year."
It's a while since I read it so I've brought it down for reading quickly before the mobile library brings me 15 books next week.... 15! I won't need to worry about what to do if we are snowed in through January!
And here's the charity shop surprise. In the Oxfam shop in Stowmarket I was amazed to see these
half a shelf of Persephone Books - what a treat, had to put my glasses on to see which were there and they steamed up in excitement ( or it might have been the mask!).