Not quite as frugal as October 2018‘s haul, sadly, but on the whole equally satisfying.
Arden IIIs: frustratingly I still don’t have a full set of third editions, because Measure for Measure isn’t due to be published until November 2019, but for the moment I finally have single volumes of all the available plays on my shelves …
- All’s Well That Ends Well
- King Edward III
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (replacing a second edition)
- Sir Thomas More
Plus the rather tasty-looking:
- The Arden Introduction to Reading Shakespeare
I did vary my diet a little:
PF Chisholm: A Famine of Horses (ebook) this is Patricia Finney (below) under another name. First of a series, and no plots to kill Elizabeth as far as I can tell, which is a welcome change for this type of fiction.
Patricia Finney: Firedrake’s Eye (ebook) – saw this historical novel recommended in December 18’s issue of BBC History Magazine. I’ve read a few of these lately – many, like this one, concern plots to assassinate Elizabeth I. This one comes well-reviewed, so I’;m hoping it proves a cut above the norm.
AD Nuttall: Shakespeare The Thinker – I finally got my hands on this, a late Valentine’s gift from my SO, who had very nicely sent me a photo of the Shakespeare shelves at Hatchards whilst she was in London, and asked me what I fancied.
Anthony Sher: Year of the King – a book whose time has come, or perhaps the logical extension of running out of RIII-related works. It doesn’t bode well for Penguin Monarchs – their biography’s publication date has been put back several times, and by the time it arrives I won’t need another one, not even in condensed form, or to fill a gap in my shelves. Get your ass in gear, Rosemary Horrox, or shall I just write one?
Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (ebook) – although I have an audio dramatisation of it, this was hard to turn down as an e-book for the princely sum of £0.49. I’m looking forward to revisiting Inspector Grant’s investigations into the demonising, or otherwise, of RIII by the Tudors …
Enid Welsford: The Fool: His Social & Literary History – a nice little bargain from my local second-hand bookshop, at just £2. With plays like Twelfth Night and King Lear still to come in my read-through, this ought to be really helpful/interesting.