I have recently been sent two pieces of news of a bookish nature, and it seemed churlish of me not to share them.
(Phyllis Shand Allfrey, from the missing slate)
A while ago now, I wrote about The Orchid House by Jean Rhys’s compatriot and friend Phyllis Shand Allfrey. This week Polly Pattullo, who is the publisher at Papillote Press, wrote to tell me that they have re-issued The Orchid House, and published a collection of her short stories It Falls into Place and a collection of her poetry. Now there is no excuse not to read her! Papillote Press specialises in the work of Dominican writers and their list is intriguing.
Fans of Elizabeth Goudge may not yet be aware that the Elizabeth Goudge Society website has been overhauled and updated. It looks great!
(Elizabeth Goudge, photograph by Bassano Ltd, 1934; London, National Portrait Gallery)
Now I am off to enjoy the weekend with a glass of wine and Variable Cloud (Carmen Martín Gaite, translated by Margaret Jull Costa). This is a novel which had lain about unread and unloved for twenty years and was almost taken to the charity bookshop when I had a small clear-out in August. But its time had come! And it is excellent.