My local branch library can be a frustrating piece of work. Nowhere on their extensive FAQ page does it address the procedure for a lost and on the meter book. One you know was returned because it was returned unread and so it went back in a hurry. I am not a fan of the Librarian in Charge who forgets things and is condescending. This happened once before (my fault) and instead of the library initiating a search – he charged me $8.00 in fines. And had no clue what I was talking about as he did it. I shall be starting a search today.
I just received in the mail a book I have wanted for years. It was expensive and so I waited – and it did indeed go down. (How do you know a meticulous person born elsewhere [I dare not say foreign person in the failing climate of the world]: Four layers of packing. Hand done. Four.) Zero Point Bombay. An essay collection about the hub of the Bombay. Horniman Circle, which was once the point from which all distances were measured there (it’s now from the GPO). It is a stupendous work. The wait has ended. I will read it at leisure.
It took a little looking but I finally found a perfect street map of Calcutta. A new author (to me) Anglo-Bengali writer named Abri Mukherjee has created Captain Sam Wyndham , Scotland Yard transfer to the Imperial Police, Calcutta, in the 20’s. He and his partner, Surrender-not work slightly outside the box. I thought his first book started a tad slowly, but I stuck with it (thank you Vaseem Khan) and now I have his second one and cannot put it down. He’s got game. The titles in order are “A Rising Man” and “A Necessary Evil”. I am starting to like Calcutta and now I MUST read more about the “Princely States during the Raj” and Indian diamond mining. (I often compare India to Haiti. In Haiti everyone is an artist; in India everyone is a writer.)
Do you know about the “Little Free Library”. A project throughout the nation of little libraries cases outside a bit like a book birdhouse, where the policy is “take a book-leave a book”. I am fortunate to have a very good friend who is a steward of a LFL in West Hollywood. And I am editing/cleaning my many shelves and donating boxes to the LFL in my neighborhood What a seriously perfect idea. Their website, LittleFreeLibrary.org, tells you all you need to know about starting one.
From the UK – a new trilogy in progress from Lister Martin – author of HSK: Hong Kong Shanghai and two more in the works. Informed by experience fiction. (I just created that genre). Money, mystery, bad guys, good guys and exotic and excellent locales to discover close up. Starting “HSK” this week.
Above books mentioned are all from Amazon. Check your library or other sites for titles Amazon doesn’t carry.