TheÂ weatherÂ in London is just glorious at the moment. Apparently it’s hotter here than much of theÂ Mediterranean (I love how we manage to make theÂ meteorologyÂ a competition) though we all know it will be short lived. Back to normal temperatures and light rain by Friday. I’m afraid Â couldn’t bear staying indoors and doing the podcastÂ Â so I have spent most of the weekend doing the only sensible thing; namely lying in a park with a good book.
I’m devouring the complexities of the Tudor court in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall at present. Excellent stuff, although quite densely written. It’s beautiful though and well worth the concentration.
But I’m already looking around for the next book. (That’s a lie actually, I’m always looking for the next book) and a quick glance in Waterstones today made me almost yelp with excitement when I saw that the new David Mitchell book is out. Cloud Atlas is one of the most original and brilliant things I’ve ever read, so I can’t wait to try The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. It’s set in eighteenthÂ centuryÂ Japan and it has the most beautiful cover. (I don’t care what the proverbs say, I always judge a book by its cover. Amazon doesn’t really do this one justice, it’s the kind where they’ve printed on the board of the hardback and it has touches of gold and it’s really very pretty).
I also spotted Scarlett Thomas’s new book. I’ve enjoyed her previous titles, Pop Co and The End of Mr Y, even though theyÂ occasionallyÂ made my brain ache with their clever use of maths, codes, and alternate realities, and this time round she appears to beÂ encompassingÂ time travel, so I was looking forward to Our Tragic Universe anyway. But a read of the back cover made me realise I was going to have to read it, since the blurb mentions ‘a knitting pattern for the shape of the universe’. I mean, that must require one hell of a chart. And possibly some four-dimensional knitwear. Â My mind is boggling already….
Do you know any other books that have managed to sneak some knitting in there?