Today I am taking part in the blog tour for an unusual book, quite unlike what I normally review on here. So, read on and find out more about this unusual book.
Blurb: This collection of quips and quotes creates a book for the bower, the bedside, the bath and for browsing; a book at arm’s length from the deck chair, for the tedium of travel but above all for pleasure.
It is a haphazard collection: the Ragbag covering the rougher, even vulgar (but nevertheless witty) entries of graffiti, newspaper headlines and bumper stickers, the Riches being the poetry, prayers and prose of fine minds that inspire by their beauty, sincerity and sublime use of words. At the lower end, I love the astringency and ability of the authors to poke fun with the sharpness of a red-hot needle. At the top end, silver words and profound wisdom sometimes lead me to tears.
So I invite you to wallow or skip lightly. I hope there is something in this salmagundi to make you smile or catch the affections of your heart; to mingle quiet music with amiable irreverence.
Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ragbag-Riches-assortment-wordy-delights/dp/1912262533/
Review: My usual reads are novels so have a beginning, middle and end. Therefore, when the option to be on this blog tour appeared at the exact time that I was fancying something different I was intrigued.
This book is one of those that you can dip in and out of as the mood takes you. It is divided into chapters covering everything from generally humerous quotes and comments to ones covering life, death, politics and a variety of other subjects.
The contents of each chapter are a mixture from funny to thought provoking pieces that make you stop and take stock and some are poems that make you slow down and feel more relaxed when you’re reading them.
This is a tricky book for me to put into words simply because it is so different from what I’m used to but do not underestimate the brilliance of it. Whatever the situation there will be a quote or chapter relevant to it. It can be dipped into when you have a spare 5 minutes or when you want others perspectives on something. I may not have described it very well but this is a fabulous book that I will be read from for a long time to come.
About the author: A grandfather of nine and a father of four, James Chilton lives with his wife and two labradors in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. He holds diplomas in Architectural History from Oxford University, in Design and in Plantsmanship from The English Gardening School and a certificate in the Decorative Arts from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Perennially busy, James draws, sculpts, designs gardens and jewelry and is a member of Bart’s Choir. He also a member of the International Dendrology Society and has lectured at the Royal Geographical Society and in Oxford. His first book, The Last Blue Mountain, was published in 2015.