WHAT I BOUGHT TODAY ...
Written Lives (Canongate, 2006)/ Javier Marías
A collection of portraits of famous writers like Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and others.
American Pastoral (Vintage, 1997) / Philip Roth
The Night Watch (Virago, 2006) / Sarah Waters
Another pageturner from the Orange Prize- and Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Fingersmith (2002). Perhaps a very strong contender for the 2006 Booker Prize for Fiction?
Mark Twain: A Life (Scribner, 2006) / Ron Powers
An enjoyable biography of Mark Twain (1835-1910). First published in the United States by Free Press in 2005.
Birthday Letters (Faber & Faber, 1998) / Ted Hughes
Birthday Letters is now one of the biggest-selling poetry collections of all time, with sales climbing towards half a million. One of my all-time favourite poetry collections. The writing here is extraordinary.