Just one more book related post (indulge me please). One of the best things about working in a bookshop is opening the deliveries each morning - even though they're not all for me, I just get a little shiver of excitement as I unwrap the goodies.
A big box-load of Jane Brocket's Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer arrived in the shop on Friday. Yes, a very big box, because we have something special planned.
Mostly Books are hosting an afternoon tea in the company of Jane Brocket. She'll be introducing some of her favourite passages from children's literature and the recipes inspired by them, as well as doing an iced bun demonstration. And I dare say she might be persuaded to sign a few copies of both her books.
If you are within reach of Abingdon and would like to join us for tea (Saturday August 23rd - 4pm), booking details are in the newsletter here (scroll down a bit). It's worth a bit of a trek, not only for Jane herself, but Abingdon is a little crafter's paradise with a great fabric shop, a wool shop, a lovely stationers/art shop and a scrapbooking/embroidery shop, all of them independent and charming and well worth a visit.
I'm so sorry if you live on another continent - don't be sad. I promise to raise a marmalade bun in your honour.
Thank you so so much for all your wonderful reading suggestions on the last post (especially you shy commenters, who I don't hear from so often). I'll be re-visiting them frequently as I browse the shelves this summer. For a long while, the book in the lead for me was Nicole Krauss' The History of Love, but then 'm' gave a summary of Tove Jansson's The Summer Book, that totally won me over. So 'm', please e-mail me your details and I'll pop a little something in the post to you.