An Embarrassment of Riches

An embarrassment of riches in today’s Review section of the Guardian. First up, the lead article explores the writing of Angela Carter, in particular, The Bloody Chamber. First published in 1979, it "remains as shocking today as when it was first published". Carter is one of my favourite authors – there are currently 17 of her books in my library. I think it is her sly, subversive take on the traditional fairy story that first attracted me to her writing.
 
Next up, the book of the week is England in Particular. The review has made me add this book to my "want" list, although at thirty quid it’s not cheap. While reviewing the details on Amazon, I saw that people interested in the book have also been buying The Lore of the Land – a guide to England’s legends and folklore. Oh dear, that’s another book that has gone on to my "want" list. I see that it’s dedicated to Katherine Briggs – I already have her Dictionary of Fairies in my library – a terrific compendium of British hobgoblins, brownies, bogies and other supernatural creatures.
 
Lastly, a light-hearted article by Patrick Ness on passages to pick for gay weddings and civil partnerships. I agree with him 100% about the bamboo shoots… Me too.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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