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Friday Finds (November 22)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My finds include A is for Angelica by Iain Broome, I first heard about this book at Words and Peace and it has made its way onto my kindle.

A is for Angelica

Gordon Kingdom struggles with the fate of his seriously-ill wife while patiently observing and methodically recording the lives of those around him: his neighbours. He has files on them all, including Don Donald (best friend and petty thief), Annie Carnaffan (lives next door, throws footballs over the fence), and Benny (the boy who paints with his eyes closed).
Then there’s Angelica, the new girl (42) on the street, with her multi-coloured toenails and her filthy temper. It’s when she arrives that Gordon’s world of half-truths really begins to unravel. Faced with a series of unexpected events and a faltering conscience, he’s left with an impossible decision.
Because in the banality of everyday life, what would you do if the unthinkable happened? Amazon

A is for Angelica

Having really enjoyed The Mistresses Revenge by Tamara Cohen I was thrilled to be given a free copy of Someone Else’s Wedding courtesy of Netgalley.

someone else's wedding

Mr & Mrs Max Irving request the company of:
Mrs Fran Friedman, mourning her empty nest, her lost baby, the galloping years, and a disastrous haircut.
Mr Saul Friedman, runner of marathons, avoider of conflicts and increasingly distant husband
The two Misses Friedman, Pip and Katy, one pining over the man she can’t have, the other trying to shake off the man she no longer wants
At the marriage of their son James Irving, forbidden object of inappropriate and troubling desire
For thirty-six hours of secrets and lies, painted-on-smiles and potential ruin. And drinks, plenty of drinks.
There’s nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past. As Fran negotiates her way from Saturday morning to Sunday evening she is forced to confront things she’s long thought buried, sending shockwaves through her family, and to make decisions about the future that will have far-reaching consequences for them all. Amazon

This looks like a fun read which has already been published in hardback – the paperback is due out on May 8, 2014 .

Someone Else’s Wedding

I have also received a copy of Postcards From The Past by Marcia Willetts from Netgalley which was published on

Postcards from The Past

Siblings Billa and Ed share their beautiful, grand old childhood home in rural Cornwall. Their lives are uncomplicated. With family and friends nearby and their free and easy living arrangements, life seems as content as can be.
But when postcards start arriving from a sinister figure they thought belonged well and truly in their pasts, old memories are stirred. Why is he contacting them now? And what has he been hiding all these years Goodreads

Postcards from the Past

While staying with my brother and borrowing his book on Rose West I also acquired his lovely A.A. Milne book Winnie the Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories & Poems.

The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems

The A.A. Milne poems were literally a life-saver. I remember vividly one crazy day with a young baby and toddler. Having recited Forgiven many times, I was stood cooking fish-fingers for little ones dinner whilst nursing the baby (probably not a recommended, but needs must!) whilst distracting a rampaging, hungry toddler with a duet about Alexander Beetle. I’m sure anyone had witnessing this literary moments would have wondered whether every day involved quite so much multi-tasking, it did!

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure and for my fond memories of calmer recitations I share Forgiven, and for any parent of young children – poems are great,no book is required so  you can carry on with one-hundred other activities at the same time!

Forgiven

I found a little beetle; so that Beetle was his name,
And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
I put him in a match-box, and I kept him all the day …
And Nanny let my beetle out –
Yes, Nanny let my beetle out –
She went and let my beetle out –
And Beetle ran away.

She said she didn’t mean it, and I never said she did,
She said she wanted matches and she just took off the lid,
She said that she was sorry, but it’s difficult to catch
An excited sort of beetle you’ve mistaken for a match.

She said that she was sorry, and I really mustn’t mind,
As there’s lots and lots of beetles which she’s certain we could find,
If we looked about the garden for the holes where beetles hid –
And we’d get another match-box and write BEETLE on the lid.

We went to all the places which a beetle might be near,
And we made the sort of noises which a beetle likes to hear,
And I saw a kind of something, and I gave a sort of shout:
“A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!”

It was Alexander Beetle I’m as certain as can be,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought it must be Me,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought he ought to say
“I’m very very sorry that I tried to run away.”

And Nanny’s very sorry too for you-know-what-she-did,
And she’s writing ALEXANDER very blackly on the lid,
So Nan and Me are friends, because it’s difficult to catch
An excited Alexander you’ve mistaken for a match.

A.A. Milne

Winnie The Pooh : The Complete Collection of Stories & Poems

So yet another wonderful book for acquiring books although I haven’t read most of the books I planned to in November – Oh well!

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19 thoughts on “Friday Finds (November 22)

    1. Postcards from the Past crossed my radar some time ago so when I got offered a free copy I was thrilled. The Complete Collection of Winnie the Pooh is a beautiful book and in many ways I love the poems more than the stories.

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  1. These are great finds. A.A. Milne is such a wonderful author. I try to remember what Christopher Robin told Pooh, “Promise me you will always remember you braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

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  2. I’m trying to picture the book on Rose West and that lovely Winnie the Pooh book on the same shelf . . .
    A Is For Angelica sounds GREAT!!! I’m going to have to take a look for that one.
    Have a good weekend!

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  3. Poor Alexander! The poem nearly made me cry! 😉

    I looked at the Marcia Willett when it came on NG, but am being very strict about requesting till I deal with the ones I already have. So I’ll be interested to hear what you make of it.

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    1. Only nearly, I must try harder… A large amount of my brain is obviously still reserved for childhood poems 😉 I had a gap in the schedule that allowed me to request Postcards from the Past which to be fair was already on my Amazon Wishlist (although of course I’m not looking as I have loads of books to be read!) I think I have two I’m reading, one more and then I’ll squeeze it in somehow 🙂

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    1. I’m looking forward to reading Someone Else’s Wedding as I really enjoyed The Mistresses Revenge by the same author. I too love pretty covers so all in all this one looks like a winner! I’d love to join the Readathon but I am so behind with books that I need to read that December has been put aside to get back up to date. I’ve followed you though so I can watch from afar… Thank you!

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