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Reading widely since 1972.

Currently reading

A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler

Gardener's Bed-Book

The Gardener's Bed-Book: Short and Long Pieces to Be Read in Bed by Those Who Love Green Growing Things - Richardson Wright, Dominique Browning Published in 1929, this book of short, often funny essays by the editor of "Home & Garden"' is wonderful. As it says on the back, "Each of its 365 perfectly sized little essays is meant to be read in bed at night after a long day's work, real or imagined, in the garden. A charmingly funny companion to curl up with." I couldn't agree more. In fact, I found it impossible to only read one a night and so finished it in a week rather than a year. But I have occasionally dipped back into it to read an essay for the current date. Written for British audiences, most of the advice transfers directly to our northwest gardens, as we have similar climate. Every gardener, whether active or arm-chair, should read this. Here is a quote that gives you an idea of the tone: "The only way to resist the temptation of growing mushrooms in one's cellar is to give in to it."