03 June 2013



what are you going to read this Summer?
... ongoing research into the period just after the turn of the century to the First Great War will keep me occupied, but one must come up for air sometime. I love mysteries, any suggestions?

Here are some of my suggestions in the June issue of WALTER magazine for your reading pleasure. Let me know what you think about my suggestions-and about what I can read (and will not want to put down) this summer?

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image from Ulyana Sergeenko Haute Couture, Spring 2013.



  1. If you're interested in mystery, Wilkie Collins sells a captivating story from multiple perspectives. The progenitor of mysteries without an omnipotent narrator. Look at The Moonstone or The Woman in White

    1. Nat, LOVE them both-and have The Moonstone at the tip top of my list of fav mysteries. you might enjoy this...http://littleaugury.blogspot.com/2009/05/moonstone-door-mystery.html

  2. I favour Georgette Heyer's mysteries. Also classic Agatha Christie or G K Chesterton's Father Brown stories. Or Maurice Walsh' The Man in Brown. While I do love a good horror story, I don't like lots of graphic violence, and so many modern novels seem to go overboard in that direction.

  3. PGT, I'm not much of a mystery-reader but the photo of French provincial maidens appearing from within an oversized book, with doves and trees fresh from a theatre set has me intrigued, so here I go - hightailing it to see more of Ulyana Surgeenko's storybook Haute Couture.

  4. Really liked the Slow Sweet and Spicy Summer Reads recommendations at Walter, PGT. The three that most piqued my interest: Rosamond Bernier's Some of My Lives, Marella Caracciolo Chia's The Light in Between, and Jean Zimmerman's Love, Fiercely. Your recommendation for Jean-Claude Ellena's The Diary of a Nose recently came to mind after I read Chandler Burr's The Perfect Scent - in which Ellena's presence is essential.

  5. i could not find the comment click on the tea party post, i'm guessing you turned it off. I just wanted to say, I agree completely with what you've written. Thankfully, those misdirected people seem to be losing what little ground they had. It can't happen soon enough.

  6. If you are pursuing the arrival of the Great War I have lately implicitly recommended three extraordinary perspectives - Modris Ekstein's "Rites of Spring," which you may well already have read, to bookend Paul Fussell's benchmark "The Great War and Modern Memory; Christopher Clark's "The Sleepwalkers; and Patrick [Lord] Devlin's unyieldingly enthralling "Too Proud to Fight," on Wilson's diplomacy, not for a moment either dry or specialist. For summer reading I look forward to the new publication from the Getty, "Sicily: Art & Invention between Greece and Rome," to illustrate the already vivid perceptions of Lawrence Durrell's "Sicilian Carousel," an irresistible re-read. I often read to enrich my appreciation of a friend's experience, in hunger and delight to share an understanding, somewhat in the way you blog.



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