Saturday, December 20, 2008


Here are some suggestions for Christmas holiday reading - books I return to again and again and not necessarily at Christmas....

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Homestead by Rosina Lippi

Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield

Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor

I bought a book for my 6 year old next door neighbour for Christmas but it makes me laugh and I love it so much I am keeping it for myself. It's Mrs Lather's Laundry by Allan Ahlberg. Mrs Lather gets so fed up with washing socks and washing vests and with washing clothes of any sort that she puts up a notice saying "We wash anything except laundry."

I am busy writing cards, lists, cheques, emails and blogs, and also a notice for the door of this brand new beautiful turquoise study saying "I write anything except books."


Jonathan said...


May I add a further book to your recommended holiday reading? - Its one I managed to get hold of in Waterstones 2 days ago with a rather 'whacky' cover called Zuzu's Petals by Sue Hepworth.

I've only had a chance for a sneak preview so far and am looking forward to a good read when I return from my Dad's 91st Birthday celebrations today.

However anybody who is a devotee of 'skip-hunting' gets a Gold star straight away almost by default!

best wishes

Sue Hepworth said...

Well, I am so pleased SOMEONE mentioned that book! I hope you enjoy it, Jonathan.
Happy Christmas,

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diane s said...

Oh, absolutely, ZP is a great anytime of the year read, as is Plotting for Beginners by... someone or other. The only one of your list that I haven't read and loved is Homestead, so I've made a note! x