a church, Richard Ford’s new memoir, and East West Street

IMG_7782IMG_7787

This is one of my favorite churches in London. It’s called the Parish Church of St. Luke, it’s Anglican, and it’s located on Sydney Street, just off the King’s Road. Charles Dickens married here in 1836.

IMG_7786IMG_7783

I love to sit in the adjoining garden, as well as in the café on the church porch. On my way from the Fulham Road to the King’s Road, this is the route I take while walking through Chelsea. I like looking at the different architectural styles. And the foliage. As I mentioned in another post, London is an amazingly green city.

IMG_7777IMG_7775IMG_7778IMG_7774

On the Fulham Road I popped into Daunt Books. I wanted to buy Richard Ford’s new memoir, Between Them: Remembering My Parents. It’s a gentle and tender read, a slim volume, and full of love for his mother and father. An only child, he was raised in Arkansas throughout the late 1940s and 50s. Ford has a slow, measured cadence to his writing. I wonder if growing up in the South has something to do with that.

IMG_7679

I had a long chat with the woman in the photo below. She works at Daunt and she gave me lots of recommendations. As we moved around the tables, she picked up books and asked if I had read them or knew the author. At one point she asked if I liked Rachel Cusk. “Yes,” I said. “I read Transit and another book she wrote about the end of her marriage, I can’t remember its title.”

“I’m the cousin of Cusk’s ex-husband,” said the Daunt bookseller.

“Oh,” I said. And then after an awkward pause I added, somewhat feebly, “Well, the book was very good.”

IMG_7675

And now I’ll give you a book recommendation. I purchased many books in London, but the best one of all, which I found on my own at the Eurostar terminal just minutes before boarding the train for Paris, is this: East West Street by Philippe Sands. Throughout the entire train journey and afterwards, I didn’t put it down for a second. It’s a compelling read, and masterly written.

The first few pages reminded me of that other excellent book, The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn.

2 thoughts on “a church, Richard Ford’s new memoir, and East West Street

  1. Loving your blog posts…and your travels, Juliet. Where to next?, I wonder. Keep up your good work, although I imagine it’s not work but rather pleasure. Incidentally, thanks for the book recommendations. East West Street and Ford’s new book will be my summer reads.

    • Where to next? Holland in August. Stay tuned!
      Thanks so much for your kind comment, Anita. Yes, it’s an immense pleasure, firstly to be able to travel when and to where I wish to go. And secondly, to share it all with you. Hope you enjoy the books!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s