A selection of words and pictures to represent March’s reading:
a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.
Once a story you’ve regarded as true has turned false, you begin suspecting all stories.
‘Sounds like a witch to me,’ Richard said bitterly. ‘How else would she know those things?’
‘She is a midwife, like her mother before her. Are you like the king now, thinking all wise women and poor women and midwives are carrying out the Devil’s work? Why, he must be the largest employer in Lancashire.”
The Familiars by Stacey Halls (2019)
Except for me, not one of the women had spoken; all had let their menfolk talk for them. So much for Winstanley’s ideas of women being equal to men. I wondered though if it was the fact of my class that made me confident to speak. Had I been a serving woman by birth, would I have been so outspoken? Clearly this idea of living in community was harder than I had imagined.
Lady of the Highway by Deborah Swift (2016)
It had proved impossible to civilise us, the documents said. It made me cry to read such things. There was nothing more civilised than my mother’s breast, and myself nestled there.
‘It’s good that the museum has someone as single-minded as you to guard over it, Miss Cartwright. Frankly, it’s admirable how dedicated you are to your animals, although one might caution against becoming obsessive, at the cost of other, more important, things in life. A husband, perhaps, children, that kind of thing,’ he said pleasantly, blowing a stream of smoke towards me as I smiled thinly and left, shutting the door behind me.
The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey (2020)
She studied the creamy vellum pages with their red capitals. ‘Does the Earl read often?’
‘Indeed, he does,’ Hervey replied. ‘He says it is through the stories that we come to recognise and know ourselves.’
The Irish Princess by Elizabeth Chadwick (2019)
Poirot nodded. “Yes, I saw what happened – but the eyes, Inspector Grange, are very unreliable witnesses.”
“What do you mean, M. Poirot?”
“The eyes see, sometimes, what they are meant to see.”
The Hollow by Agatha Christie (1946)
Favourite book read in March:
The Irish Princess
New authors read in March:
Countries visited in my March reading:
England, USA, Wales, Ireland, Canada
Have you read any of these books? Which books did you enjoy reading in March?