Just to prove not all of our books are rigorously classified, here are a couple of shelves of disparate titles from the living room. At the top, running left to right, are various illustrated books on Venice, Spain, Scotland and Ireland; a meditation on islands by John Fowles containing evocatively melancholy black and white photographs by the late Fay Godwin; Tolstoy's War And Peace (still haven't finished it!); an excellent biography of Tolstoy by Rosamund Bartlett; Sartre's Existentialism And Humanism; Chi Running by Danny Dreyer (I took up some gentle, early morning running in the spring of this year, neglected it over the summer, but have now started again - what a buzz it gives you); Paulo Coelho's The Pilgrimage (bought this just yesterday in an Oxfam shop. I'm not a big fan of Coelho, but felt I should read it as it describes his own Camino to Santiago); biographies of Maria Callas and Thomas Hardy (this by Claire Tomalin, whose book Charles Dickens: A Life is being serialised on Radio 4 this week to mark the bicentenary of Dickens's birth); The Oxford Dictionary Of Phrase, Saying And Quotation; and a book about photographing landscape by Charlie Waite.
On the bottom shelf are various gardening books, pride of place going to Geoffrey Grigson's The Englishman's Flora. There's also a title by Dave Hamilton we bought the other day called Grow Your Own Food For Free (Well, Almost) and one called Organic Gardening by Lawrence D Hills which Dominic from the blog ...made out of words was kind enough to send me. In between these gardening books and some practical photography manuals there's an illustrated version of Treasure Island, a book called The Ancient World Of The Celts and Anton Gill's Il Gigante, a detailed analysis of Michelangelo's supreme work of figurative sculpture, David. Mmm... I wonder how they got in there? You could say these shelves are an eclectic mix.