Thursday, 23 December 2010

Help! My wish list #4

Two more titles from my endless reading wish list.

** The cover images are for illustrative purposes only. If you are a publisher and would kindly like to offer me a copy of any of these books for review, I will change the cover(s) so as to reflect the edition received. **


Don’t Look at Me Like That
By Diana Athill

Amazon’s product description: In England half a century ago, well-brought-up young women are meant to aspire to the respectable life. Some things are not to be spoken of; some are most certainly not to be done. There are rules, conventions. Meg Bailey obeys them. She progresses from Home Counties school to un-Bohemian art college with few outward signs of passion or frustration. Her personality is submerged in polite routines; even with her best friend, Roxane, what can't be said looms far larger than what can. But circumstances change. Meg gets a job and moves to London. Roxane gets married to a man picked out by her mother. And then Meg does something shocking - shocking not only by the standards of her time, but by our own. As sharp and startling now as when it was written, Don't Look at Me Like That matches Diana Athill's memoirs After a Funeral and Instead of a Letter in its gift of storytelling and its unflinching candour about love and betrayal.

Stet
By Diana Athill

Amazon’s product description: Diana Athill's memoir of a life spent working with some of the charismatic characters who have dominated 20th-century literature. In a prose style of inimitable wit and rare candour, she recounts tales from a long life in publishing, including her reflections on editing writers such as V.S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys, Gitta Sereny and Brian Moore. She also provides an account of her own writing career, whcih includes the two critically-acclaimed works, Instead of a Letter and After a Funeral.

Why I want to read these books: Don't Look At Me Like That is a title that stood out among many while I was idly browsing shelves in a bookshop. I think I like the way it sounds: irreverent and rebellious! I found out about Stet when looking up Diana Athill and I challenge any booklover not to be attracted to this title!

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