Literary Quote of the Month

“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Friday, December 10, 2010

First Lines...

In a terraced house in Battersea, Ester Hammerhans came tearing down the stairs with one arm through a cardigan sleeve, the rest flapping at her legs, and turned off the hob. The kettle stopped its screaming, throwing out hysterical clouds of steam. Ester found the teapot and filled it with hot water, some spilling over the work surface. The tea leaves had been forgotten, something she discovered five minutes later, after a wild campaign with the washing up. "Idiots!" she cursed the tea leaves, beating them into the water with a spoon.
... Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt (coming Feb. 2011!)


7 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I like the sound of this one...on my 2011 list it goes.

Book Bird Dog said...

Good one!

carla said...

Love that cover!

carolsnotebook said...

What a great beginning!

Pam said...

Oh fun! I think this is for sure on my list for next year.

Suzanne said...

Hi Everyone!
You wouldn't know it by this excerpt, but Mr. Chartwell is about Winston Churchill's depression, which he called The Black Dog. Mr. Chartwell is the dog in the flesh, and Ester Hammerhans has an interesting connection to both the dog and Winston Churchill. The writing is really wonderful, as you can tell from the little I shared here. This book is very quirky and very british, and I really am enjoying it. Will have a full review soon!

Kaye said...

Love the writing for this one - creates such a visual image. On the list it goes! Happy reading, Suzanne.

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