Lucas, who is 10, told me that his book Mister Monday by Garth Nix was ‘literally good, literally really good’. He told me that he kept it on the top of the top pile at home because it is so good. Normally he stacks them from large to small but lately he has been stacking them from bad to good. (He has 5 stacks of books in his room, one nearly up to the window ledge).
As it is mostly quiet this week, I can look at the books people have lent me because they are so literally really good. Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach is Fabulous and The Garden Going on Without Us by Lorna Crozier is Outrageous. The Nutmeg Tree by Margery Sharp is Exquisite and Lighthouse Keeping by Jeanette Winterson is Devastating. Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller is Just So Good. Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto will Cause Me to Die. Helen Garner is Confronting, Disturbing and Ought to be Read. Possum Magic by Mem Fox is Super.
By the time I have considered them all, there are more visitors, more requests and more questions….
Has Stan Grant put his next book out yet? Apparently it was supposed to be available yesterday.
Why is Welding for off Road Fabrication only available on kindle?
What time does the bakery close?
Why did they change the covers of the Ranger’s Apprentice series? The old covers are good but the new covers are stupid.
Did I know the book about the Australian town that had a damper making competition and the swagman won the competition and everyone was pissed off?
Did I think that the kindle was killing the book trade?
Did I know that my door hinges were creaking?
Robert described an important vision he had recently and as soon as he worked out which books were in that vision he would get me to find them for him. He said: imagine dying with lots of money but with an empty head! Imagine not reading at all! When I die, my whole library is coming with me!