It's my favourite restaurant of 2016... and here's my Telegraph review to tell you why:
Emma Beddington's charming memoir is the perfect antidote to all the Paris/Brussels-related horror of the past few months. If you've ever dreamed of carrying off a Breton top, pedal-pushers and an air of opaque superiority just like a native (and, obv, failing), then this delightful book is definitely one to buy. Here's a link to Emma's fab blog, Belgian Waffling.
The day I finished 'An American Wife' several years ago was the last time I recall feeling properly bereft at the end of a novel. Having spent the last three years (on and off...) writing my own novel about a prep school, I'm only now catching up with Sittenfeld's debut, (the excellent) 'Prep' from 2005. However, I CAN HARDLY WAIT for 'Eligible' — her much-praised contemporary take on 'Pride & Prejudice'.
My partner bought me a copy of this ('the definitive biography', allegedly, pubished in 2011) for my birthday earlier this month. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to read it yet (I'm still in mourning), but now I'm halfway through and... it's great. Not too alienatingly muso, it's also packed with such riveting *insights* as (ahem) the alleged size of DB's penis in relation to that of Marc Bolan*.
Anyway, I hope Trynka is hard at work on an updated version...
(*Go on, you know you want to)