Sunday Bulletin – October 26

Autumn on Hampstead Heath

I think for the rest of the year I’ll return to my Sunday Bulletins if you don’t mind. It will guarantee that I post every week and helps me to focus. My mind is wandering these days and I am dreaming of new opportunities, goals and plans for my career and my life. Most of this year has been frustrating and disappointing for me, but England put sparkle and vibrancy back into my soul and I am straining to keep it there.

I’ll also post more pictures of my trip in between Sundays.

This week my book club held our October meeting and we discussed We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. We had a good talk about unreliable narrators, stifling small towns and belief in superstition. Next month we’ll discuss Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

I recently finished reading a book I bought in London –  Good Evening, Mrs. Craven: the Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes. I loved these short glimpses (some just a few pages) into the lives of normal, middle-class people as they stumble along through their days while the shadow of war taints everything around them. The frank, realistic and honest tone of the stories felt so authentic and believable to me. Yet they’re not bleak; they are reassuringly human and often  quite funny. It is one of my favorite books of 2014.

It might be a bit early to start thinking about Christmas music, but I’m already pondering what albums to purchase this year. I think this one might make the list.

I hope you have a great Sunday!

14 thoughts on “Sunday Bulletin – October 26

  1. I bought Good Evening, Mrs. Craven: the Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes at Persephone on my last trip to London, but haven’t read it yet. Thank you for the reminder to pull it down from the shelf!


    1. I’m going to, Jane! I don’t want to lose it.
      I am so looking forward to the Persephone reprint of her journalism next year – Claire from The Captive Reader told me about it, bless her.


  2. I am looking forward to more pictures – but not to the envy that follows! I loved the MPD short stories, and I am also looking forward to the reissue of the journalism that Fleur mentions. I will have my pre-order in!


    1. I’m envious of myself when I look at my photos – can’t believe I actually experienced it all. I also plan to have my pre-order in – I’m so glad Persephone is reprinting her journalism!


  3. I adore Christmas music and when my daughter was in a choir in San Francisco we would always go to her Christmas concert. It was a magical experience. May the sparkle you felt in England continue to inspire you.


    1. I’m glad to find another person who adores Christmas music. How lovely that your daughter was in a choir and that you got to see her perform at Christmas. I am trying my best to maintain the sparkle. 🙂


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