january-08-purchases.jpgDespite the generous supply of gifts for Christmas and birthdays I still managed to buy some books for myself; you will spot some familiar names, but also some new authors that I am looking forward to exploring.

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson – how the battle against the great London cholera epidemic of 1854 was fought

Diaries 1969-1979 by Michael Palin – The Python Years; I’ve already dipped into this and it looks extremely entertaining – I can’t resist reading other people’s diaries!

The Translator and Aegypt by John Crowley – two very different stories by the fantasy author, one about an exiled Russian poet and his American translator set in the early 1960s, the other asking whether there is more than one history of the world

Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation by Noel Riley Fitch – a biography of the woman who founded Shakespeare & Co Bookshop in Paris, with cameos from many of the great writers who found themselves there in the  1920s and 1930s

Touchstone by Laurie R King –  a standalone by the the author of the Mary Russell mysteries, possibly the beginning of a new series?

Duma Key by Stephen King – one to savour!