Sunday, 20 March 2011
Book things to look forward to: The Bicycle Book by Bella Bathhurst, out next week from Harper Collins; The Possessed, not the one by Dostoevsky but the very funny uncategorisable American best-seller by Elif Batuman, subtitled Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. This is a book I would love to have, perhaps should have, written. Every day brings ideas and situations that cry out to be lightly fictionalised: like the cover story of this month's Dumfries & Galloway Life magazine, telling the story of how a woman film maker in Los Angeles Googles 'secondhandbookshops by the sea' and comes up with Wigtown, D&G (Scotland's booktown for readers overseas), gets on a flight, meets Princess Anne and falls in love with the bookseller she rents a room from. Hollywood! Are you hearing this!!