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Amaryllis’ Choice

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So the corona virus has finally won and the bookshop doors are closed BUT only temporarily! And anyway the new upbeat. me prefers to see the closure as a positive move. The space and air C and I would have used on trains and tubes is now free for NHS workers etc.

But I will still be around in virtual-land and let’s face it, someone needs to take charge…

For a start, I have just come back from a glorious hike along the sea front (my daily exercise) which was spoilt by the amount of plastic and litter around inches away from the encroaching tide… I did my best but the corona virus is not INSTEAD of climate change!!

I have prepared myself for my isolation by signing up to the bfi home cinema and also to something that shows ballet, opera and theatre. And, of course, I have lots and lots of lovely books! i am currently reading A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter which was to be the first book in a new book group, Reading Around the World. It is a memoir from the 1930s – a European woman goes to join her husband in the remote Arctic for a year. It is very funny and beautiful in her descriptions of the area. I will leave you with this bit from when they first arrive at their new home…

”Where’s he going now, just when we want to eat?” I ask my husband. “To look for fresh water” is the laconic answer. “To look?” I am horrified. “Then you don’t know where it is?” “No…but the hunters say there’s a stream here somewhere…”

Things could be worse…

About Amaryllis


Amaryllis is our bookshop blogger.


Her pen name is taken from Alice Thomas Ellis’ Other Side of the Fire, which is unfortunately and scandalously out of print. One of the funniest bits in the book is the bodice-ripper that one of the characters is writing and the female - who slays the men with one toss of her raven locks and one glance from her fiery green eyes as she strides among the glens, faithful wolfhound by her side - is Amaryllis! And the name just seemed to suit so here we are.

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