Friday, January 18, 2008
A dash of pink
I hate to have cables lying around the floor like so many snares, so I was delighted when a friend of my mum's gave me this little pink gizmo, which holds your cellphone/ipod above the ground when charging...
One book that won't go onto my shelves naked is Sophie Gee's The Scandal Of The Seaon (one of The Economist's Books of the Year 2007) - the dust cover is just too spectacular.
A novel set in early 18th century England, it skilfully braids together the themes of history and love, as well as poetry, since one of the protagonists is Alexander Pope, of The Rape Of The Lock fame. It's a fun way to learn a lot about that period, as Gee pays close attention to details in lengthy yet fascinating descriptions of the markets and shops of London, clothing, food etc - a lot of research went into the book but it never sounds as if the author is forcing her knowledge into the pages. Good book.