3 Jun 2010

IT'S WHEELY GOOD!

Grief what a busy day was had yesterday.

As I think most of you are aware as well as my crutches, I also need a wheelchair for getting about outside. For almost three years now I've relied on my trusted manual chair but due to Husband dearest's continuing health problems we decided the time was right to look into me going electric. Yesterday I had my assessment to make sure I would be relatively safe and was measured for said chair which should be with us in the next 3 to 4 weeks. Hurrah.

Pretty safe on the flat, going in a straight line, and without the need to turn corners, I asked himself if the speed I was travelling at was average walking speed. Shaking his head sadly, he explained no, a tortoise would comfortably pass me without breaking into a sweat. Oh dear, a lot of practise is obviously needed - I have been promised a set of L plates and there is a horn built into the chair so hopefully I won't maim too many people in the meantime.

That done, a spot of retail therapy was called for as I still had vouchers for various different shops from Christmas/my birthday.

Also, himself had some Waterstones vouchers which he very kindly handed over - Does this mean I have once again broken my self imposed ban on book buying? I'd argue not.
Anyway, the following were duly purchased:-


THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barberry.


Renee is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with society s expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this façade lies the real Renée: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renée lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever.

KNIGHTS OF THE BLACK & WHITE by Jack Whyte

The exciting first book in a brand new fictional trilogy about the most important events in the history of the Order of the Knights Templar. The Templars represent a widely popular period of history, but the roots of their fellowship have been shrouded in contemporary conspiracy theory and media glamour!.this trilogy tells the true tales of the Knights Templar; beginning with why they formed after the First Crusade and why they continued to grow in power and influence. Immediately after the deliverance of Jerusalem, the Crusaders, considering their vow fulfilled, drifted back to their homes. But some considered that the defence of this precarious conquest, surrounded as it was by Mohammedan neighbours, still remained. In 1118, during the reign of Baldwin II, Hugues de Payens, a knight of Champagne, and eight of his companions bound themselves by a perpetual vow, taken in the presence of the Patriarch of Jerusalem, to defend the Christian kingdom and all god fearing pilgrims who wished to visit the Holy Land. Baldwin accepted their services and assigned them a portion of his palace, adjoining the temple of the city; hence their title "pauvres chevaliers du temple" (Poor Knights of the Temple).


FUGITIVE PIECES by Anne Michaels.


Jakob Beer is seven years old when he is rescued from the muddy ruins of a buried village in Nazi-occupied Poland. Of his family, he is the only one who has survived. Under the guidance of the Greek geologist Athos, Jakob must steel himself to excavate the horrors of his own history. A novel of astounding beauty and wisdom, Fugitive Pieces is a profound meditation on the resilience of the human spirit and love's ability to resurrect even the most damaged of hearts.

And for himself - well they were his vouchers and the poor soul needed some cheering up after trying to wade his way through Barbara Kingsolver's THE LACUNA.

TICKLING THE ENGLISH by Dara O Briain


Nostalgia, identity, eccentricity, gin drinking and occasional violence... these are just some of the themes that stand-up comedian Dara O Briain explores in Tickling the English. O Briain moved to England many years ago, but when he takes his show on tour around the country – from deserted seaside towns and remote off-shore islands, to sprawling industrial cities and sleepy suburbs – it’s clear to him that his adopted home is still a bit of an enigma. Why do the English pretend to be unhappy all the time? Why can’t they accept they rank about 5th, in everything? And what’s with all the fudge? But this Irishman loves a challenge; he's certainly got the gregarious personality and the sure-fire wit to bring down the barriers of that famous English reserve, and have a good old rummage inside. Swapping anecdotes with his audiences and spending time wandering in their hometowns, this nosy neighbour holds England up to the light while exploring some of the attitudes he brought over here with him too. As Dara goes door-to-door in search of England in this part tour diary, part travelogue, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the Sceptred Isle.


Please note all book descriptions on this post come courtesy of Amazon.

19 comments:

NabilaHazirah said...

you've bought some interesting books!
the first one caught my attention the most.

xx

Mary said...

Great list of books - very nice of himself to offer his vouchers! And very cool going electric with the wheelchair. I'm sure you'll be zipping around after a little practice :)

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Oh, Tracy, I'm soo happy to hear about the new wheelchair!! That's great!
Nice book choices. :)
The last one looks like a book that I'd love to read.
Hope your day is good so far
Hugs and hugs
B xx

Nina said...

Great books to get.The guy on the last book looks funny. :)

Heather said...

Interesting assortment of books. I finished The Lacuna on the weekend and posted a review yesterday. Of those shortlisted for the Orange Prize it's been my least favourite.

Dorte H said...

So Petty Witter is being electrified? I hope we will be able to follow your speed in the future :D

That one about the hedgehog sounds interesting. Enjoy!

Kelly said...

One of my friends read the hedgehog book and absolutely loved it.

Actually, that second book on the Knights Templar looks the most interesting to me.

Look forward to reading reviews from you on all of them AND hearing how the newer, faster chair works out!

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Such interesting topics! And so different as well.

I hope you get your chair and it works swimmingly. :)

Jen said...

Congratulations on the new chair! I hope it takes you everywhere you need to go and then some.

susan s. said...

Fancy Transportation!!!!

I ordered your Muriel Barbery book. Looks like it ought to be good.

Artystitches said...

I hope you will get ok with your new wheel chair.

I did a spot of retail therapy last weekend (strictly clothes shopping as i have a huge TBR pile gawping at me! - although i was tempted)

You have won the Dorothy Koomson book My Best Friends Girl, please email me your full name and address to naomi.rainford@gmail.com

I will post your book out as soon as i can get to the post office and i will let you know when i have done so.

I hope you will enjoy the book as much as i did.

Naomi

@ naomisbookreviews.blogspot.com

Aine Butler-Smith said...

Please be careful there hot rod! I have my dreaded wheelchair in storage, if I ever need to drag it out again I'm definitely going electric.
Interesting books, I love anything about the Knights Templar and the Crusades, that was a fascinating chapter in history, and husband dearest's choice looks fun.

jason evans said...

Very cool to get around more!

Martha said...

Best Wishes on the new wheels. That is great you have a Hedgehog book to read.

purplume said...

An electric wheelchair, that definitely adds Zip.

Prayers for you and your husband.

Jenners said...

I'm sure the new wheelchair will be a big improvement .. and I'm sure you'll master it in no time.

My dad has recommended the Knights Templar books quite a while ago and sent them to me to read (unsolicited from me) and they are on my TBR list as part of my "Reading for Dad" project.

Valerie said...

Best wishes with the "new ride"! I hope your husband will be okay...sending good thoughts your way for both of you.

Of the books you mention, I have "Fugitive Pieces" in my TBR pile because a former co-worker of mine loaned it to me. But then I moved across the country and I still have it! Oops.

KLZ said...

The last two speak to me. Let me know what you think.

BookQuoter said...

Hi Petty,
I hope all is well with you and your hubby.
I can't wait to see the reviews for all these books.