When a bomb exploded, nearby clocks ceased to function, remaining stuck at the time of detonation. London was a city of shock-stopped clocks and for its inhabitants, the suspended present created a climate where intense emotions could flourish. “It came to be rumoured,” Bowen recalled, “that everybody in London was in love.”
Lara Feigel, ‘The Love-charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War’.
Am enjoying this very atmospheric read at the moment, after having pulled it out (along with several others), from under two huge towers of books (and a lot of dust!) that were leaning against my bedroom wall. I decided that it was high time the books get a good wipe down, and so after some careful dismantling of the two towers (& successfully averting a near major landslide of books!), these following six volumes which had been part of the firm foundations for my book towers, were singled out to be given some well-deserved attention.
Ali Smith – The Reader.
Sylvia Townsend Warner – Selected Stories.
Lara Feigel – The Love-charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War.
Adrienne Monnier – The Very Rich Hours of Adrienne Monnier.
Janet Flanner – Janet Flanne’s World: Uncollected Writings 1932-1975.
Kate Marsh – Writers and Their Houses.
Hope to make the most out of my time with these before I start reconstructing those book towers again. 🙂