I’ve had my head down over the Kenya book this week (only one chapter left to go!) so it’s been a rather sparse reading round up.
My first book of 2012 was A Lady Never Lies by Juliana Grey. I adored it. It’s set in the 1890s in an Italian villa (hello, Enchanted April!), and based, oh so cleverly, on the plot of Love’s Labor’s Lost. The only down side is that it’s not officially out until August. I cannot wait until the next two books in the trilogy come out.
In the meantime, I’m also slowly making my way through Norman Davies’ Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations. It’s an ambitious project, charting a cross-section of states that were important in their time but just didn’t make it, which leads to some issues of execution, but I’m fascinated by the idea of it, by looking at history as it was experienced– after all, why shouldn’t the Visigothic kingdom in France have lasted?– rather than as we perceive it in hindsight.
Finally, I’ve just started the last of my Josephine Tey haul, The Franchise Affair. I’ve told myself I’m not allowed to read any more, though, until I finish that last chapter of the manuscript.
What have you been reading?