Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to announce the first Anglophile Collection to go live on this blog. What is an Anglophile Collection? It is a post that I will write each time I acquire a new London themed item to go into my Anglophile collection. And this week I have acquired a lot.
First up, a London themed giveaway prizes. I am subscribed to author Jacquelyn Middleton’s newsletter and every month she draws names from her subscribers and they win London themed prizes. Jacquelyn writes novels set in England that involve an American named Alex and her friends. I have read the first novel London Belongs to Me. You can find my review of it on Tea, Books, and Britain. I won January’s giveaway and my prizes arrived on Monday.
In this photo, there are four different bookmarks:
- London bridge. This bookmark moves. When you tilt up, London bridge opens. When you tilt down, it is closed.
- London, Can You Wait? bookmark
- Bookmark of Alex and Keegan holding hands
- London Belongs to Me bookmark.
There is also a black tote bag from Broadway Market which is featured in London, Can You Wait? The tote comes all the way from England. Also included is the note she wrote me because there is a really cute London Bus stamped on it.
Then last night I was able to purchase the ebook of London, Can You Wait while it was on sale for 1.99. I signed up for Amazon’s daily rewards which gave me a dollar in free ebook credit which I used for this book. I got it for .99.
Today I went to my favorite used bookstore and happened up on two London themed books. The first one I saw was Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn. The cover is so pretty I couldn’t resist buying it. I have never read anything by Kuhn but the book sounds interesting.
Here’s the back cover description:
An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn—author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books—Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts. Reminiscent of Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader, this lively, wonderfully inventive romp takes readers into the mind of the grand matriarch of Britain’s Royal Family, bringing us an endearing runaway Queen Elizabeth on the town—and leading us behind the Buckingham Palace walls and into the upstairs/downstairs spaces of England’s monarchy.
The second book I found is Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal. This is book one in the Maggie Hope mystery series. It is set in England during the Second World War. I read this book a long time ago right before my first semester of college. I have read all of her books so far. Looking forward to her new ones. I own her latest three novels and now the first book.
Here’s the back cover description:
London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.
Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.
In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I love collecting Anglophile themed gifts!