Autumn 2015 (SF No. 47)

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Autumn 2015 (SF No. 47)

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1abbottthomas
Editado: Set 2, 2015, 10:30 am

Discussed in this edition you will find:

Dark Entries, Cold Hand in Mine, The Unsettled Dust and The Wine-Dark Sea by Robert Aickman
Paupers and Pig Killers: The Diary of William Holland, a Somerset Parson edited by Jack Ayres
The Forbidden Zone by Mary Borden
Don Juan by Lord Byron
The Dreaming Suburb and The Avenue Goes to War by R F Delderfield
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Foxes Book of Martyrs
The Cone-Gatherers by Robin Jenkins
Asylum by Patrick McGrath
The House of Elrig by Gavin Maxwell
The Death of Reginald Perrin, The Return of Reginald Perrin and The Better World of Reginald Perrin by David Nobbs
Twenty Years A-Growing by Maurice O'Sullivan
The Gulag Archipelago by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn
Rabbit, Run and the rest of the series by John Updike
Escape From France and Nicholas Carey by Ronald Welch
Traditional Romance and Tale by Anne Wilson

Looking at representation on LT, there are some obvious big-hitters here - Rabbit, Run has over 4000 copies {although the later books are much less popular at around 1700 each), nearly 3000 copies of The Gulag Archipelago, once on every thinking person's bookshelf but now, I suppose, of more specialist appeal, 2000 copies of The Book of Martyrs and around a thousand each of Byron and McGrath. Missing top slot by a handful of copies is Harriet the Spy - new to me, I'm afraid, but even at my age it sounds like a must-read.

Most of the others are measured in tens rather than hundreds with Ronald Welch's Carey novels bringing up the rear (SF is currently reissuing this series). There is only one complete miss - Traditional Romance and Tale by the medievalist, Anne Wilson. This sounds an interesting book, beginning with the question as to why the Sleeping Beauty's parents didn't make a note in their diaries to keep a special eye on her on her fifteenth birthday; would have saved so much trouble!

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Set 3, 2015, 10:56 am

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Thanks for the analysis, which puts these titles into some sort of perspective.