Monday, September 29, 2008

Some Autumn Reading


Let's see what interesting-sounding books are out there in bookstores, to nab and curl up with under a comfy blanket when it starts getting nice and cool and fall-like.

There is Phillipa Gregory's new novel called The Other Queen, which came out on September 9th. Gregory wrote The Other Boleyn Girl, which was later adapted into a television drama as well as the movie starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johannson. The Other Queen tells the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, during her house imprisonment of sorts in the home of Bess of Hardwick and her fourth husband George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury.


Alexander McCall Smith also has a new novel out, with a title I love, called The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday. It came out on September 23rd. A part of The Sunday Philosophy Club Series, otherwise known as Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries, this new novel finds the heroine Isabel Dalhousie coming to the aid of a doctor accused of scientific fraud over a new pharmaceutical drug. In the literary world, McCall Smith is best known for writing the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series set in Botswana, a country in Southern Africa. This series is either in the process of being developed, or already has been developed, for television with the pilot episode [adapted by Richard Curtis and the late Anthony Minghella] already filmed and televised on BBC One on Easter Sunday. In the US, the cable channel HBO will air the series.

I need to return a few cookbooks to the library in the next few days, and while I'm there, I can check whether they have copies of the Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries. They sound like they could be my cup of tea.

[Photo of Phillipa Gregory is from New York Magazine and photo of Alexander McCall Smith is from Leap In The Dark]

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