I spent most of November reading "A Place Called Winter" by Patrick Gale. I've read a couple of Patrick Gale's novels and I do quite like them, although I can't really say he is one of my favourite authors. "A Place Called Winter" got lots of critical acclaim and although it was very good, for me at least, it didn't live up to the hype.
With my Christmas holiday approaching I am planning lots of afternoons curled up on the sofa, my favourite tipple at hand (Cherry Brandy), either reading or knitting. My list of December books includes " The Private Diaries of Alison Uttley" by Ronald Blythe and "Company of Liars" by Karen Maitland.
As a child I loved Alison Uttley's Sam Pig stories, being introduced to them by my dad who still has a copy of the Sam Pig story book given to him when he was a small boy. I am looking forward to reading the diaries and finding out more about Alison Uttley. "Company of Liars" is set during the time of the Black Death in the late 14th Century and is full of "magic, superstition, potions and spells". Sounds just the thing for cold, windy, winter afternoons.
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