S. greeted the mail carrier trudging up the driveway with five separate book packages with a cheery, "Look at all that excessive consumerism!"
Um, yes. But on some level kinda necessary all the same.
The Story of an African Farm. Olive Schreiner. I opted for a gently used slipcovered copy and it turned out to be one of my better decisions.
The Beauties and the Furies. Christina Stead. I have a feeling I'm going to wind up collecting all her fiction, same as I did with Rebecca West.
Our Horses in Egypt. Rosalind Belben. Says the jacket copy, Philomena is requistioned from an English field at the start of the First World War, and sails for the Near East with a territorial regiment, the Dorset Yeomanry. But after the Armistice she doesn't come home. She is one of the 22,000 horses left behind by the War Office.
Girl Meets Boy. Ali Smith. Latest in the Canongate myth series. It's purty.
North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell. My first Gaskell.
Squee! And Happy New Year!