Well, I hope you all had a lovely festive holiday. Santa was exceptionally good to me, not least on the book front.
Dear Boyfriend bought me three pieces of booky joy: The Victorians (Illustrated Edition) by A.N. Wilson, Bedlam: London and its Mad by Catharine Arnold, and the graphic novel version of A Christmas Carol. From others I received Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life by Lyndall Gordon, The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum by Sarah Wise, Thou Art the Man by M.E. Braddon (thank you Catherine!), and The Pillars of the Earth and A World Without End by Ken Follet.
Last but not least, from one of my brothers I received The Seance: A Novel by John Harwood. The next best thing to a Victorian ghost story is surely a ghost story set in Victorian London.
Now, between all of these and the DVDs of the second series of The Wire, and No Country for Old Men, just when exactly am I going to write that essay?