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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

A shifting perspective

No review this week but I thought I could point you towards a little project I have initiated. Two years ago I reviewed an out of print book called The New Perspective by K Arnold Price. The book had been chosen by Colm Toibin for a Guardian article called How did we miss these? in which 50 writers chose 'brilliant but underrated novels that deserve a second chance to shine.'



Price's debut novel was published when she was 84 and she only published one more after that. I thought the New Perspective was fantastic, but with copies so scarce and expensive I decided to lend it to anyone interested in giving it a go. What has begun is what I hope will be a kind of international library/book club with some of the network of bloggers and readers that I have connected with over the last 5 years sharing their thoughts on this short novel. First up was Trevor Berrett of The Mookse and the Gripes over in the US. You can find his review here (positive I am glad to say) and I'll let you know as soon as the next one goes up. All I can reveal is that the book has travelled north a little to Canada.

Max at Pechorin's Journal got a copy of the book himself and reviewed it here. He has also passed his copy on so there may be even more reviews to come...

8 comments:

Sue Guiney 25 September 2012 09:26  

I somehow missed this one. Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to trawl around and see if I can get my hands on a copy.

William Rycroft 25 September 2012 09:32  

There are a few available on Abebooks but most are located in the USA. The only copy nearby is in Ireland and is on sale for an absurd £75. If you'd like to go on the lending list then please let me know Sue!

Annabel (gaskella) 25 September 2012 11:34  

What a nice idea! I shall indeed peruse the Guardian list, and would happily go on the lending list as the book sounds intriguing.

Sue Guiney 25 September 2012 12:07  

I'm about to post a blog all about it, citing your blog and your project, and offering my copy to whoever wants it. I hope that's okay. You can put me on your list, but I'll ship it out to one of my readers. And your excellent blog will get a bit of a plug, too.

William Rycroft 25 September 2012 12:46  

Thanks Sue. Welcome aboard. Blimey, I hope you like the book now!

Sue Guiney 6 November 2012 10:33  

Thought you might like to know that i sent my copy to a writer/blogger friend in Botswana who has posted her review of it today. She's at http://thoughtsfrombotswana.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-new-perspective-by-k-arnold-price.html

I do love the fact that finally getting a broader readership and traveling around the world.

William Rycroft 9 November 2012 15:41  

That's fantastic Sue, this book is becoming better travelled than I am! Off to read that post now....

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