I have just heard that apparently Transita are to republish A Lovesome Thing by Prue Leith. I had totally forgotten that she was also a published fiction author as well as writing all her cook books. Isn't it annoying how these women can whip up a zabaglione with one hand while dashing off a best seller with the other? Takes me all my time to read the morning paper while boiling an egg.
Having a well known name like Prue Leith in their catalogue can only be a good thing for a niche publisher such as Transita and, hopefully, this will generate a lot of publicity and editorial which, in its turn, give Transita a higher profile. I have read quite a few of their output over the last year and, while I have not loved every single book I have come across, the percentage of enjoyment has been pretty high. I look forward to hearing more about this.
I have been spending a happy hour this evening, as you do, roaming through Amazon (I have an Amazon gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket) and to my utter delight have come across two books due for publication very soon:
O joy O rapture unforeseen - another Donna Leon. Readers of this blog may remember that I embarked on a total DonnaBinge last summer when I read all 13 of these wonderful books set in Venice, in one month. Then of course I was condemned to wailing and gnashing of teeth waiting for the next one and it is nearly here and has been pre-ordered today.
Yes - No 8 in the No 1 Ladies Detective agency series by the wonderfully prolific Alexander McCall Smith and very glad I am that he turns out so many books one after the other. I have two of his on my shelves at the moment waiting to be read, 44 Scotland Street, the third in his series set in Edinburgh and originally written for a Scottish newspaper, full of eccentric and off the wall characters, and The Right Attitude to Rain, one of the Sunday Philosophy Club Series. All of this author's books are delightful and heart warming. They are never going to set the world on fire and I know a lot of critics dismiss them as 'nice' and what is wrong with nice I ask myself?
Oh and I have just watched Episode 3 of The Pallisers and Glencora is rounding out nicely and Susan Hampshire is making her very lovable and sympathetic and I still think Alice Vavasour is a very silly young woman.
Oh and my copy of The Good Thief of Amsterdam all nicely signed by the author and beautifully produced with smooth, thick, glossy lovely to the touch paper has arrived from Long Barn Books and I am looking forward to reading that as well.
Oh and I received a simply gorgeous book by Eva Ibbotson A Glove Shop in Vienna and other stories which I have been trying to track down for ages and Alibris had it and will write about that another time.
Oh and at the end of this totally disjointed blog I am now going to have a cup of tea and go to bed. Now which book shall I take with me.....