Happy January, all! To kick off the New Year, I’ve been reading:
— Snowdrift and Other Stories, a Georgette Heyer short story collection, featuring three rediscovered stories. (For those of you who have read Pistols for Two, it’s Pistols for Two plus three.) Of course, I loved them. You can’t beat Georgette Heyer for historical hilarity. But I did find they were best taken with breaks in between, lest you forget just which Regency miss was eloping (or not eloping) with whom.
— High Rising, Angela Thirkell’s first novel, set partly over the Christmas holidays and New Year, which may be what made me think of it. A novelist juggling a child, manuscripts, and various obligations over the holidays? Hmmm…. Mostly, I love Thirkell’s breezy writing style and light-hearted social satire.
— Summer Half, also Thirkell. A much later Thirkell, but still filled with her signature mismatches that come undone and matches that come right. Or something like that. This one is set at a public school and features masters entangled with the headmaster’s vain daughter and Tony Morland, the annoying small boy in High Rising, as a worldly wise sixth former.
There’s a character reading law in Summer Half, which, naturally, made me think of Kate Ross’s third Julian Kestrel mystery, Whom the Gods Love, set partly around the Inns of Court (albeit a good hundred years earlier than Summer Half). But that’s how free association works, so that’s what I’ll be reading next.
What have you been reading as 2017 unfolds?