Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This Old Thing?: The Ballad of Peckham Rye
This week's This Old Thing is The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark another library sale find. I love library sales! I remember this one was tucked in a box of about 50 P G Wodehouse books. I was overwhelmed by all those ones so upon seeing this I picked it up.
What attracted me to it was A) I had never heard of it before and B) the back says: "One of the funniest books I have ever read...far and away our best woman novelist" -Penelope Mortimer. That sold it for me. Plus that cover is too funny.
The Ballad of Peckham Rye was published in 1960 but this version is from 1970. It's in excellent shape other than being a bit yellowed.
"Dougal Douglas, M.A., was hired to bring vision into the lives of the workers in a Peckham firm. And he did. TO peckham he introduced the wider horizon of tears, absenteeism, fraud, blackmail, violence,a nd murder. With a light laugh, of course."
Sounds pretty good.