Or if you are me “never buy a book by its cover”. Nothing worse than buying a book for its looks and finding later that the cover was much more interesting than the contents.
Saying that, a while back I went Orla Kiely mad. Mugs, bag, wallet, I even tried in vain to get something for our kitchen. Inevitably I had to get the book whose cover she designed, Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (Virago Modern Classics 2008 edition). After a few months of being a mere decorative object on my side table I read it and to my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is not a story about women in Louboutin’s in New York, and neither are its characters pivotal actors in current affairs. In fact it’s quite the opposite, this novel’s gem relies on making those ordinary things and personalities seem like something remarkable and peculiar. And this is why, regardless of the time when the story is set it feels current, the feelings, worries, motives and thoughts in this book are not too dissimilar from the ones we have today, so there is no surprise that anybody in this book could be our colleague, our neighbour and yes, even ourselves.
Despite buying this book for the design of its cover, it has become a book that I will enjoy reading time after time, on my comfy sofa, with a cup of tea and a stack of cookies.
Now tell me, have you ever bought a book because of its cover??
(Text and photo by Lizzet at Living101)