This week I received two books as gifts. For the first time I was able to meet a fellow blogger who had come over for the Galle Literary Festival. Sakura blogs at Chasing Bawa and she was my main inspiration to start a blog of my own.
The first book was Mollie Paynter-Downes's Good Evening Mrs Craven - TheWartime Stories. I never thought I would ever get an opportunity of reading a Persephone publication as the books would never, ever come to Sri Lanka but miracles do happen and here I am with my first book from this publishing house. It is a delightful read and my review will be up shortly.
Rather than giving you a image of the cover of the book which is in its usual elegant grey, I thought I'd show you the fabulous endpaper and a small explanation as to what it means. Coupons', 1941, shows women's clothes against a repeat of '66', the number of clothes coupons allowed a year during the war, with the number needed per item.
The next book is from one of my all time favourite authors - Georgette Heyer. Her book Footsteps in the Dark described as a perfect blend of mystery and humour sounds delightful.
Those are the two books which were in my Mailbox. I do hope you enjoy yours as well.
On a non book blogging note, Friday being a holiday we decided to go visit the orphanage in Mannar. Unfortunately halfway through the journey, rising flood waters, breaching of tank bunds and general mayhem forced us to retreat back to Colombo. I am very disappointed as I cannot see when I can find another long weekend like this to do the very long trip out there. All the stuff I had collected also has to just wait - the chocolates and cake I distributed to the Negombo home on my way back home. It certainly got eaten in record time. The flood situation in my country is bad - over a million people displaced again and some 13 deaths. What has happened to the weather patterns? February is generally a dry month - harvesting of paddy fields are done in this month and the entire rice harvest is ruined with these heavy rains.