You might remember a few weeks ago I wrote a fairy tale called ‘Those Who Gather in the Wood’ that was chosen to be included in an ebook of fairytales – well, the Ebook is out now! The money goes to a good cause – raising funds for Homespun Theatre, a company which puts on plays of fairytales for children.
It’s a hard time for arts funding right now, so why not, if you can, pick up a copy of the book to help them out? As I understand it, a few of the people involved are St Andrews graduates, which is lovely to hear. In a few days the ebook will be on sale on Amazon too and I’ll tweet the link to that when it is.
I also remembered that I have another December read to include in my pile: The Twelve Chairs, by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov (Northwestern University Press). A student of mine very kindly gave it to me when he was leaving. The novel is set in 1920s Russia, and follows the travails of a former nobleman seeking some jewels his mother hid inside one of twelve chairs, now scattered to the winds. It’s been a while since I’ve read much Russian literature, now two novels have dropped into my hands in one month. This one is a huge tome, so it’ll probably take me till March to get through it. When I do, I’ll review it on this blog.