Archive of ‘Books’ category

Mystery…

*Last night when David got home i noticed London:The Biography by Peter Ackroyd had suddenly appeared on our coffee table!!! As i flew into an excited and spluttering frenzy (this is what happens when i receive unexpected books) he appeared not to know where the book had come from… I suspect David had very sweetly […] Read more…

We must trespass, a little longer, on your kindness…

I was so excited as Jane Austen week began today on ITV3 with Persuasion – one of Austen’s more melancholy novels about thwarted love! I adore being transported to the slow paced, pale hued world of Austen’s society – if i don’t dream myself into Pemberly by the end of the week, i’ll be very […] Read more…

The Doubtful Guest

The illustrations of Edward Gorey have always been an inspiration – but recently i re-discovered his tale about ‘The Doubtful Guest” which centers around a sinister creature (possibly a penguin but this is never revealed) who appears one wintry night at a family’s home and never goes away. The illustrations and text work perfectly to […] Read more…

It's a Gorey World

Edward Gorey, writer and illustrator of over one hundred humorous, quirky and deeply macabre stories, has inspired I feel, many of todays alternative talents such as Tim Burton and Lemony Snicket. There is a dark Victorian sensibility to his illustrations, often set against atmospheric interiors and wintry landscapes. ‘The Gashlycrumb Tinies’ is a tale telling […] Read more…

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

A new era for Edgar Allen Poe – known for his tales of the macabre and mystery. This lavishly illustrated hardcover volume of stories, brings a contemporary twist to the already progressive Poe, each story featuring artwork by eminent international designers. The cover alone sends chills up my spine! Read more…

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