Sunday, May 24, 2009

Books and DVDs

In the comments I had requests to name the books and DVDs I purchased on my recent London trip, so here are the lists.

DVDs:

1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

2. Lost in Austen

3. The Other Boleyn Girl (a 2003 BBC version starring Natascha McElhone)

4. Mansfield Park (with Billie Piper)

5. The Bad Mother's Handbook (with Catherine Tate)

6. He Kills Coppers

7. and 8. Seasons 2 and 3 of The Royle Family

Most of them were "bargain priced," so it will be interesting to see how they turn out . . . well, except for The Royle Family, which I'd mostly already seen and loved!

Books:

1. The Top 10 of Britain by Russell Ash

2. The Book of Lists: London by Nick Rennison (I'm a sucker for "Books of Lists," -- thanks ever so much for the addiction, Mr. Wallechinsky!)

3. Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie (described on the cover as "The English Bill Bryson" -- how could I resist?)

4. Kings & Queens by Neil Grant (adorable little book giving details about all the kings and queens of Britain, going back to the years before the Roman invasion. I can't resist any book with info about my hero, Ethelred the Unready.)

4. London the Autobiography: 2000 Years of the Capital's History by Those Who Saw it Happen by Jon E. Lewis

5. Best British Crime, edited by Maxim Jukobowski (including stories by Colin Dexter, Anne Perry, Alexander McCall Smith, and one featuring Rumpole)

6. Best New Horror, edited by Stephen Jones (including stories by Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell and Joe Hill, among others. Also features an 80 page intro called "Horror in 2007" with tons of interesting info on things like which publishers bought others, which imprints were shut down, infighting at the World Horror Convention, and so on.)

I also noted details of books I intend to purchase as soon as my bank account recovers including London: Executioner's City, The Worst Street in London, I Never Knew That About London, Little Book of London, London: City of the Dead and Haunted London Underground. Hmmm, are we seeing a pattern here???

So many books, so few $$$ (not to mention no more room in the bookcase!).

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