As I have been “flat bound” for the past week due to the heavy fall of snow and the consequent icing of the pavements, I have had plenty of time to read the book of choice for this month, Radical Gardening by George McKay. This book is about the Politics,Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden.
I am not going to give my opinion about this book until after the meeting but I am going to thank the member who gave us this book to read because I would never have read it otherwise. This is one of the very good things about a book group you have to read everyone’s choice, I would not have given this book a second look.
I have had so much time at home that I have now caught up with finishing “Days of Absence” by Alun Richards, the book group read part of this book in his collection of short stories, that book, “Dai Country”had only included the part of his autobiography that covered his childhood in Pontypridd. At the time, at the end of November, I was completely captivated by this and gave it a very high score. This made me determined to read the whole of his autobiography “Days of Absence”, I have now finished it and though I enjoyed it I did not like it nearly as much as his childhood recollections. This was probably because it gave a graphic description of his “days of absence”, a long term stay in an isolation hospital being treated for tuberculosis. Thank goodness for the discovery of streptomycin which cured so many including Alun Richards.
I had three books from my family as Christmas presents,”My Family and other Animals” by Clare Balding. I am a great fan of horse-racing and can remember her trainer father, Ian Balding, in his hey day, training the famous “Mill Reef” who won the Derby and the Arc de Triumphe and then broke his leg in training. The horses’ leg was repaired so that he went on to sire two Derby winners. I thoroughly enjoyed Clare’s book with her description of her very unusual upbringing which made her the personality that she is today. The other two books were cookery books,Fresh Fast and Easy Food by Lorraine Pascale and Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo, as I have followed their programmes on T.V. I can now try out their recipes. My favourite cookery books of all time are Good Housekeeping circa 1970, and Delia Smith’s Complete cookery course copies of which went with my children to university, however they still rang me to ask how to make gravy? At the moment I am favouring Simon Hopkinson’s “The Good Cook”.
Now that the rain has cleared all the snow away, I am looking forward to going back to work on Tuesday and seeing all my friends.