Well, I finished On Beauty last night - I actually stayed up late because I just had to get to the last page - and I loved it. Just loved it. Oh, it's fantastic - great characters, fabulous drama (especially the conflict scenes - she's soooo good at them), wonderfully rich, meaty plot with all its parallels and interweaving storylines. So there you go. Lesson learned. Do Not Be Scared Of Books. When's the next one coming out, then, Zadie?
I'm working today - I had intended to get back to the novel this morning after a few weeks away from it but have been caught up with my girly children's series instead - second draft of Book 4 to read through and send off, first draft of Book 6 to check over and send off, copy-edit of Book 3 to read and okay, and now there's a second draft of Book 5 to work on.... I feel quite under pressure with my partner's job ending on Friday and being the sole earner from then on, for however long. Must keep everything ticking over otherwise it'll be cheese on toast and home-brew all round at the wedding, and I'll have to start making the children's shoes myself.
Talking of high-flying business people (as we weren't), did you see the Apprentice last night? Thank God Michael got the boot at last. I like all the remaining five although I reckon Lucinda and Helene will be on their way out next. And the interview week next week! I always like that bit - something quite enjoyable about seeing someone else sweat their way through gruelling interview questions when you're safe on your own sofa.
Next book to take off the TBR pile is the book group one - Seizure by Erica Wagner. Not one I'd have chosen in a shop, to be honest, despite the striking cover. (Striking but rather odd nonetheless.) Anyone read it? "Beautifully written but dense," one of the other book group members has said to me. "Not one that you can skim through." Damn....
A Country Escape by Katie Fforde
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