birthday-books-2008.jpgThe Bride’s birthday has come and gone for another year, and some wonderful books were supplied as presents, mostly from the Book God, with a contribution from the Stanley Scot. I always feel a little bit guilty that my birthday is so close to Christmas, but not guilty enough to refuse the gifts as it’s really not my fault (I blame the parents)! So what did I get this year?

The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth – my first Roth, but not my first novel on the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Blood Mask by Lauren Kelly – a pseudonym of Joyce Carol Oates so nuff said; I wonder how the woman has time to write all of these books and still maintain the quality, but I’m not complaining

Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead – does what it says on the tin, looking forward to the scandal and hidden tales behind the founding of this fine establishment!

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – as reviewed on a number of other blogs, thought I’d give it go myself

Matter by Iain M Banks – I’ve been so looking forward to getting this, a new Culture novel from the great man.