Wow, this is awkward: not only is this blog a month late, it’s kind of a year late.
Happy 2015 readers!
I was kind of busy the past few months, launching and promoting a Kickstarter project to fund the publication of my first book. Project over, funding complete, now I can relax and focus on my beautiful book blog.
Oh, apart from actually having to write the book for the next two months!
(The funding has closed, but copies will be available to buy when the book is released in late March, the only difference being you may have to pay a few shillings more, and you won’t have your name in the back under the ‘Thank yous’. Unless you ask nicely. Just get in touch if you would like a copy).
So, November saw me glued to my computer screen, and giving lots of walking tours around Lisbon to squirrel away enough €uros to enable me to take most of January off to do the writing. This accounts for both the paucity of books read, (six! SIX!!), and their content, (sorry for the prevalence of Portuguese present! But I am almost at the end of the Saramago back catalogue, which is fun).
I have topped up my store of ridiculous Portuguese history and trivia to keep my tours sassy: did you know Portugal had an Empire for 584 years? Or that the first rhinoceros seen in Europe since Roman days was in Lisbon, and is still represented in the gorgeous Tower of Belém? Well, you do now, (and you already did, if you are reading this after coming on one of my tours).
I’ll be back shortly, with my review of December, and then again of the whole year…you lucky things!
Books Bought, November 2014…
‘Mensagem,’ Fernando Pessoa
‘Os Magnificos – Eusébio,’
‘Alice No País Das Maravilhas,’ (‘Alice In Wonderland’), Lewis Carroll
‘Portugal: património mundial,’ (‘Portugal: world heritage’)
‘A Última Entrevista de José Saramago,’ (‘The Last Interview of José Saramago’), José Rodrigues Dos Santos
‘A Volta Do Día Em 80 Mundos,’ (‘Around The Day In 80 Worlds’), Julio Cortázar
‘Uma Viagemà À Índia,’ Gonçalo.M.Tavares
Books Read, November 2014…
‘Objecto Quase,’ (‘The Lives Of Things’), José Saramago
‘Historia De Portugal: descobrimentos e expansão, séculos XV-XVI,‘ (‘History Of Portugal: discoveries and expansion, 15-16th centuries), Maria Cândida Proença
‘O País Das Maravilhas 2: mosteiro dos jerónimos,’ (‘The Country Of Wonders 2: the jeronimos monastery.)
‘O País Das Maravilhas 11: torre de belém,’ (‘The Country Of Wonders 11: the belém tower.)
‘A Última Entrevista de José Saramago,’ (‘The Last Interview of José Saramago‘), José Rodrigues Dos Santos
‘2666,’ Roberto Bolaño
‘Switch: how to change things when change is hard,’ Chip & Chad Heath
‘A Minha Primeira Amália,’ (‘My First Amália’), Maria Do Rosário Pedreira & João Fazenda