Eighteen books are ordered each quarter for Netherhall. This September’s batch, however, was a little rushed. Four books were already on the list, added by Peter Brown, the former director. But another fourteen were needed to complete the order. With the seismic changes that took place recently, the list was somewhat neglected, and so a last minute dash down to the O-2 centre was called for to complete the selection.
Going from a lawyer and historian as the director to an engineer was always going to manifest itself in some way or another, and the book selection was no exception. Normally, tacit consultation is made with the residents, so for December’s batch I will be forced to show my true democratic colours. But, the deed is done for September, and I feel I ought to justify in some way the rather peculiar selection.
I spent two hours in there and looked at every shelf except the children’s section and the maps. A few sections I very fairly quickly dismissed: the so called “smart thinking” section (because of its heavy dose of Nietzsche and Russell), though the (large) selection of Chomsky piqued my interest; the history section because Netherhall is not short of history books; the biographies section for the same reason. The non-fiction was glossed over: Netherhall has a good collection of classic literature. As for contemporary literature, I would rather go on trusted recommendation.
For buying on spec, there are a few genres where one can hardily go wrong: timeless guides on the natural world, music, architecture, and the like. As I have a single minded pursuit to present the glories of this great land to those who wish to delve into its natural treasures, where better to start then a book to help the budding mycologist? Others, who seek more adrenaline intense activities no longer need to scratch their heads about where to go; Wild Guide and Wild Swimming solve that. But what to read on the journey? The mythical world of Tolkien or the tales about oddities of the Brits recounted by Bryson?
“Something for everyone” might be a bit rich, but I am confident Edible Seashore will be well thumbed.
The complete list for September:
|FORMATION OF THE ENGLISH KINGDOM||MILYMEAUX|
|MASTER CLASS IN HISTORY EDUCATION||COUNSELL|
|EGYPT FAITH AFTER THE PHAROAHS||FLUCK (ED)|
|COLLINS COMPLETE GUIDE BRITISH INSECTS||CHINERY|
|RICE’S ARCHITECTURAL PRIMER||RICE|
|WILD GUIDE||WILD THINGS PUB|
|COLLINS COMPLETE GUIDE BRITISH TREES||STERRY|
|NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND||BRYSON|
|COLLINS BTO GUIDE TO BRITISH BIRDS||BTO|
|COLLINS COMPLETE GUIDE BRITISH MUSHROOMS & TOADSTALLS||STERRY|
|SAKI COMPLETE SHORT STORIES||SAKI HH MUNRO|
|H IS HAWK||MACDONALD|
|THE AB GUIDE TO MUSIC THEORY P1||TAYLOR|