Recently I made three book purchases, all by the same author. These are not newly published books, or even new copies of said books, but books I saw on my parents' shelves growing up, and now I am a grown-up, thought I should own too.
Shall I reveal what they are?
Yes, I've been buying books by the wonderfully talented Edith Holden. Did you know that she went got a scholarship to the Birmingham School of Art? How difficult must that have been for a woman in the Victorian era?
Tragically she died in 1920 at only 49 years old, whilst trying to break off a bough of chestnut buds reaching out over a backwater of the Thames. She fell into the water and drowned.
Thankfully her books live on, and her illustrations are just as wonderful today as they were then.