I recently read a Tweet from a bookseller which asked readers if they had adopted a book recently. It was one of those simple, but leading questions that started me thinking. Yes, I thought. I have ‘adopted’ quite a few literary strays – most discovered lurking on the shelves of second-hand shops.
Yet these have turned out to be some of the most fruitful and interesting reads – particularly for an omnivore like me who is constantly searching for new sources of information for my own writing.
My latest acquisition is ‘Diaries and Letters 1939 – 1945‘ by Harold Nicolson who formed one half of the creative – and somewhat eccentric – marriage with Vita Sackville-West.
This has proved a rich source of insights as Nicolson served in the Ministry of Information and so got to observe the workings of…
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