What I read
Conversations with Dorothy Allison (2012) - so good, though understandably a bit repetitive in parts as interviews tended to have to cover the same ground in intro, and sometimes in questions. I long for more novels by Allison, in particular the lesbian fantasy trilogy she teasingly mentions more than once. Why has no-one given her one of those McArthur grants? it is quite clear that to make a living she is teaching writing (and sounds as if she is an excellent teacher) at the expense of getting anything much of her own written.
Sybille Bedford, Pleasures and Landscapes: a traveller's tales from Europe (2014 edition of collection of pieces dating back to the 1940s issued 2003) - this is lovely. I picked it up in the local independent bookshop and could not resist. She is so good on the process of being a traveller and the wonderful feeling of expeditiously getting into one's hotel room and closing the door and what one wants in there (enough towels and hangers and correct voltage) and pleasingly about the pleasures of this sort of thing - comfort and efficiency and so forth - rather than the arduous mule-back trek, the primitive picturesque, etc. I like that. She is also, as one might anticipate, very good on the nosh side of things.
Noel Streatfeild, Parson's Nine (1932). A pleasant read, though one felt that she was not quite in the Charlotte Yonge class when it came to producing clearly individualised depictions of members of a large family (some of them were more in the background than others), and that EM Delafield was perhaps a little more pointed on matters such as the strains of being married to and having as a father a saintly unworldly clergyman, and philanthropic society ladies. Also, not much of a plot - more of an 'and then' narrative, and also perhaps a bit too shiftingly episodic between characters (what happened to the suffragette governess after the War? given how central she was in the early part) - although the ending was neat.
Also some Sekkrit Projket books.
On the go
Peter's Room for the Marlowverse group read.
I had a bit of a spate of ordering things at the weekend, and am in hopes of, in particular, the new Jane Haddam turning up before too long.