Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage

Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage

Book Review: Finally, a book by an American expat living in the Cotswolds! I love reading memoirs by expats writing about their new country, but I find many books about Italy, France and Spain, and few about England. Perhaps expats in England don’t see life here as different enough from life in the US to write a book about it. But, they are wrong, and Jennifer Richardson in her book Americashire: A Field Guide to … Continue reading Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage

New Mystery by P.D. James – The Private Patient

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I love mysteries in the English Detective genre – can’t get enough of them. The best ones are written by P.D. James (Adam Dalgliesh mysteries). I read my first one 25 years ago (The Black Tower), then read the four earlier ones and then each new one as it was published. In 2000 P.D. James turned 80 and published her autobiography “Time to be in Earnest”. Since then she has published three more books and now this most … Continue reading New Mystery by P.D. James – The Private Patient

Can’t Get Enough of Peter Robinson

Patrick’s latest post on Autolycus – Dank and Dreary – talks about the dark days in November in England and “drawing the curtains to cocoon with something toasted and a detective story” which reminded me that I have three more Peter Robinson detective novels on my Kindle waiting for some lazy winter afternoons. The author Peter Robinson is originally from Yorkshire in northern England and moved to Canada after graduating from University of Leeds. He … Continue reading Can’t Get Enough of Peter Robinson

That Summer in Sicily, by Marlena de Blasi

The American author Marlena de Blasi has written three good memoirs about living in Italy. A Thousand Days in Venice about meeting her husband Fernando, marrying him and moving to Venice. A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure about leaving Venice with Fernando and moving to a ramshackle farmhouse in southern Tuscany. The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria about buying and renovating an apartment in an old Palazzo in Orvieto, Umbria. … Continue reading That Summer in Sicily, by Marlena de Blasi

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford coming to PBS in May

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-1865) wrote the novel “Cranford” (published in 1853), a comic picture of life in an English village in the mid 1800s. She wrote her novels just after Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) novels were written. The first season of Cranford comes to PBS in North America in May (airing May 4, 11, and 18) in three episodes. From the PBS site: “Welcome to Cranford, circa 1840…a rural English town where etiquette rules, … Continue reading Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford coming to PBS in May