Happy New Year!
I love the start of the year and the feeling of new beginnings. I also love the fact that it comes just after Christmas, so I have plenty of new reading material to inspire me.
This year amongst my Christmas booty were these:
The Epicure's Almanack is a reprint of the original 'good food guide' from 1815, and will be invaluable when I want to take my characters out to dine in London. It contains such gems as a description of Dolly's Chop House in Queen's Head Passage where is kept "a plentiful and very well assorted larder. The hours of dining are from two until evening; a bill of fare, distinctly and even legibly written, lies on the table, and orders are sometimes executed with commendable promptitude." It is the word 'sometimes' that amuses me. Says it all, doesn't it?
The other book is The London Square, by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, which was a present to myself after I attended a talk by him hosted by the Georgian Society. The book is beautifully illustrated, enormously heavy, and took him 18 years to write. It traces the development of the London squares since the early 17th century. I'll share some of these developments next month.
Which were your best books this Christmas?