Staircase 9 17’s October bookshelf

Our book recommendation for October is The Real Jane Austen: A life in small things, by Paula Byrne.   Divided into chapters dealing with different items such as 'The East Indian Shawl', 'The Topaz Crosses', and 'The Box of Letters', it is a fascinating, readable and original exploration of the life of Jane Austen and the…

“Summer afternoon…

Summer afternoon - to me these have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."   Today's Friday Food for Thought is from Henry James (1843 - 1916), author, critic and playwright.  James reputedly made this remark to the novelist Edith Wharton as they sat in the grounds of Bodiam Castle in East…