WESTMORLAND ALONE is the third instalment of Ian Sansom’s 'County Guides'.
Welcome to Westmorland. Perhaps the most scenic county in England! Home of the poets! Land of the great artists! District of the Great lakes! And the scene of a mysterious crime …
Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, once again sets off in his Lagonda to continue his history of England, The County Guides.
Stranded in the market town of Appleby after a tragic rail crash, Morley, his daughter Miriam and his assistant Stephen Sefton find themselves drawn into a world of country fairs, gypsy lore and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. When a woman’s body is discovered at an archaeological dig, for Morley there’s only one possible question: could it be murder?
COUNTRY GUIDES 2: DEATH IN DEVON
‘The magnificent Morley is very good company, and Sansom has a lovely way with a mind-bending puzzle … superbly entertaining’
COUNTRY GUIDES 1: THE NORFOLK MYSTERY
‘A delightful, idiosyncratic mystery … Professor Morley promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now’ Daily Mail
‘A brilliant first outing that leaves you looking forward to the next maniacal mystery tour’ Evening Standard
PAPER: AN ELEGY
'a gently revelatory book'
'Sansom’s scholarship is prodigious; his enthusiasm inexhaustible. He can make one laugh out loud by his placing of a single word.'
THE TRUTH ABOUT BABIES
and beautiful book … Every new parent should
have a copy for their journey through that first
'Funny, brave, touching and true.' Julie Myerson.
‘It’s mellow, intelligent and very funny, a perfect antidote for melancholy.’
‘There is something fearless in the gaze Sansom turns on banality, and this novel is, in the end, a surprisingly gripping feat of coming to terms with what ordinary life is like.’
Times Literary Supplement
THE MOBILE LIBRARY 4:
THE BAD BOOK AFFAIR
'I laughed more times than I can remember over a novel for years' The Observer
THE MOBILE LIBRARY 3:
THE DELGATES' CHOICE
'Sansom has struck a rich comic seam ... a very
THE MOBILE LIBRARY 2:
MR DIXON DISAPPEARS
second in what promises to be a must-read series.’
THE MOBILE LIBRARY 1:
THE CASE OF THE MISSING BOOKS
‘Israel is one of the most original and
amusing amateur sleuths around.’
THE ENTHUSIAST ALMANACK
compiled and brilliantly eccentric … hilarious
and .. intriguing.’
THE ENTHUSIAST FIELD GUIDE TO POETRY
A fresh and vibrant collection of poems and poetic fragments, accompanied by enlightening commentary. The poems chosen include some all-time greats, but also some half-forgotten and hardly known poems.
A footnote added to The Interpretation
, (Standard Edition, vol. iv, p. 270): ‘When
Ernest Jones was giving a scientific lecture on the egoism
of dreams before an American audience, a learned lady objected
to this unscientific generalization, saying that the author
of the present work could only judge the dreams of Austrians
and had no business to speak of the dreams of Americans.
So far as she was concerned, she was certain that all her
dreams were strictly altruistic'.