Howard's End on the Landing

Howard's End on the Landing

A Year of Reading From Home

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Charts the journey of one of the nation's accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.

Blackwell North Amer
Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again.
A book which is left on a shelf for a decade is a dead thing, but it is also a chrysalis, packed with the potential to burst into new life. Wandering through her house that day, Hill's eyes were opened to how much of that life was stored in her home, neglected for years. Considering everything from Macbeth and Tristram Shandy through Virginia Woolf, Dickens and Roald Dahl, Howards End is on the Landing charts the journey of one of the nation's most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.

Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781846682650
Branch Call Number: 028.9 H555h
Characteristics: 236 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 14, 2015

Love marcierules comments & agree in part with jeanner222. Susan Hill is no great writer, but I'd enjoy her collection, minus the name dropping.

Dec 17, 2013

This was a good idea for a book, although it is definitely a book for bookworms. Hill is opinionated (she does not like short stories (Munro, Gallant), Canadian writing or Australian writing) and although I did not agree with some of her assessments, her opinions were always interesting.

jeanner222 Mar 20, 2013

This memoir begins with a simple premise: the author is going to look for a book in her collection. Caution: this woman possesses a vast collection of books.

Mostly, this memoir contains the author’s random comments about books and authors, with a lot of name-dropping. Oh, the name-dropping! It never ends!

Hill mentions several authors of whom I’ve never heard, including her. Who is this woman? She fancies herself a part of the British literati. She has read everything and met everybody. She also cannot abide Canadian and Australian novels. Charming, isn’t she?

I was very disappointed by this memoir. Very, very disappointed.

Dec 16, 2010

Sign me up for a similar reading project, all I'm missing is the farmhouse in Gloucestershire and the endless number of books on my bookshelves. I definitely enjoyed her journey, however, I had to remind myself many times that these are her opinions and that's okay. I actually choked on my coffee when she mentioned that Colin Firth is not her idea of a Mr. Darcy , and her opinions on Canadian and Australian authors - or was it Canada and Australia she didn't like?? made me scratch my head. On the other hand, I found many of her ideas quite moving and she pointed me in the direction of new reading choices, and for that I'm grateful!

I notice that Susan Hill is on the jury for the Booker 2011 prize, good luck to any aspiring Canadian or Australian authors hoping to make the list.


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