Life has been a bit busy lately so not as much reading as I’d like. However, I did finish Mary Wesley’s A Sensible Life which was mostly good. (Almost put it down after a slow beginning but then it picked up and got much better.)
It was a good read, except that it was one of those reads where there’s not a lot to say afterwards. I quite like Wesley’s books in general and this was on the TBR pile. It’s not a keeper.
I just learned about Wesley’s life. Her bio reflects that she was a bit crabby for a lot of her life, and there are times in her books when you can see this. One notable tidbit about her:
Late in life, Wesley ordered her own coffin from a local craftswoman and asked that it be finished in red lacquer. She kept it as a coffee table for some time in her sitting room and requested that a photographer from a large magazine feature take a picture of her sitting up in it. The idea was politely declined. 🙂
Wild Mary, the biog by Patrick Marnham, is really good – I recommend it, if you haven’t read!
That looks good. Thanks for the tip. Is she as difficult as she seems to come across in her books? She sounds a bit prickly at times….
I’ve read and loved ALL her books. I think she’s fab!! 🙂
That bodes well for further reading. Thanks for the endorsement…