Monday, December 22, 2008

birthday books

I have a theory that glamourous women like to receive presents that suggest that they are secretly a bit of an intellectual: remember that that photo of Marilyn Monroe reading Heidigger (or whatever) with her specs perched on the end of her nose? Conversely a blue-stocking such as myself doesn't want to appreciated purely for her towering intellect. So when it was my birthday last week, I very much appreciated Chanel No 5 from my husband, an elegant cardigan in a delicious shade of chocolate brown from my grown-up daughter, and a very pretty necklace from my son and daughter-in-law. However, my theory is somewhat exploded by the fact that I love to receive books as well (and as I recall, Marilyn wasn't averse to a spot of Chanel No 5 either). So thank you to my old friend, Jonathan, for Richard Holmes's THE AGE OF WONDER. which I have had my eye on ever since I read the excellent reviews, and to my writing buddy, Sue Hepworth, for E. M Delafield's THE DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY: a very appropriate choice, for Sue has a good claim to be regarded as the E. M. Delafield de nos jours. Check out out her wonderfully funny novels and her blog.
A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to anyone who reads this. I'm off now to listen to Elvis's Christmas Album while I finish wrapping my presents.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Marsha said...

Happy Birthday! Mine was 2 weeks earlier and I received a book too - 'Murder is Academic'. I put it down only long enough to click your web address listed on the cover and wound up here. Now, I must go see who dunnit.

Regards,
Marsha Burris

Thursday, 25 December, 2008  
Blogger Christine said...

I was delighted to get this, Marsha. I hope you didn't guess who did it. And I'm sorry not to have responded before. Put it down to technical incompetence

Friday, 13 February, 2009  

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