I’m so pleased Transita have set foot in the world of blogging.
Blogging could really do with finding a much nicer word to describe
itself but it is an amazing medium and plenty of us are finding
a ready and willing audience out there, and with it a very gratifying
two-way means of communication plus an outlet for sharing that
love of good books (and knitting and quilting in my case.)
was a post from Transita author Jane Gordon Cumming that set my
trail of thought racing for this month’s column.
Jane, ever the intrepid explorer it would seem, roped up the huskies,
shouted “mush” and set out armed with map and compass
to find the beautiful snow encrusted house that adorns the cover
of her book A Proper Family Christmas.
I read it last Christmas and loved it. But it was that cover that
clinched the deal because it decorated a room all on its own.
Remember this tip for next year, forget paper chains and holly,
just leave A Proper Family Christmas lying around and feel that
inrush of Christmas spirit.
am a complete cover girl, the sort that will pick up a book for
its cover long before I’m even half sure of the content,
fickle though it may seem these things really do matter. The cover
starts to shape the book for me and I’m already picking
up its sense of place in my mind.
course in the early days of Transita there was a great deal of
debate about book covers and plenty of us taking a wide berth
around the wall to wall pastel chick-lit with those stick-thin
figures and cartoon style covers. I still couldn’t read
one if I tried, you’d have to conceal it in brown paper.
nothing has changed and I’ve recently made quite a foray
into some books I had always thought of as unreadable and not
for me under any circumstances, all thanks to a bit of re-branding
and some fabulous covers.
me tell you I am now addicted to P.G.Wodehouse.
on earth can this have happened?
loathed the TV series years ago with a complete passion; Ian Carmichael
just irritated me beyond belief; it was all so stupid, honestly,
what on earth is funny about a man with a monocle and a pompous
Then I caught a glimpse of a complete set of the new Everyman
Wodehouse series and immediately fell in love with the books,
but what a nuisance, I hated them. But in fact I’d never
actually read one.
was sufficiently in love with the Everyman books as objects of
adoration to overcome this minor obstacle and knew that I had
to have just one and of course the cover was so lovely I was bound
to enjoy it.
started to read and was quickly laughing like a drain at a grown
man putting a bag of flour on top of a door so that it fell on
someone, but this is the hysterical bit, it doesn’t fall
on the someone because they go in through another door. Bertie
Wooster forgets and dashes in the booby trapped door and, wait
for it, it falls on him. I’m even laughing just writing
see I can just visualise you all falling off your chairs with
laughter too reading this…no of course not, you’re
thinking give me Little Britain any day.
Right, that doesn’t make you laugh either.
trust me, don’t be fooled by the seeming dullness of the
humour, P.G. Wodehouse has the most enviably funny writing style
that will have you smiling inside with every read.
for those seasonally affected and disordered days of January and
February and if you find it’s not to your liking, well the
covers look gorgeous lying around on the coffee table.
less expensive than that complete make-over you’d planned
for the room.