Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home



Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from HomeEarly One Autumn Afternoon In Pursuit Of An Elusive Book On Her Shelves, Susan Hill Encountered Dozens Of Others That She Had Never Read, Or Forgotten She Owned, Or Wanted To Read For A Second Time The Discovery Inspired Her To Embark On A Year Long Voyage Through Her Books, Forsaking New Purchases In Order To Get To Know Her Own Collection Again A Book Which Is Left On A Shelf For A Decade Is A Dead Thing, But It Is Also A Chrysalis, Packed With The Potential To Burst Into New Life Wandering Through Her House That Day, Hill S Eyes Were Opened To How Much Of That Life Was Stored In Her Home, Neglected For Years Howard S End Is On The Landing Charts The Journey Of One Of The Nation S Most Accomplished Authors As She Revisits The Conversations, Libraries And Bookshelves Of The Past That Have Informed A Lifetime Of Reading And Writing.

Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1942 Her hometown was later referred to in her novel A Change for the Better 1969 and some short stories especially Cockles and Mussels.She attended Scarborough Convent School, where she became interested in theatre and literature Her family left Scarborough in 1958 and moved to Coventry where her father worked in car and aircraft factor

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  • Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home
  • Susan Hill
  • English
  • 18 April 2017

10 thoughts on “Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home

  1. Nandakishore Varma says:

    Old houses tend to collect books, especially if the inhabitants are educated and cultured My ancestral home in India is no exception it is than a hundred years old and is literally a refugee camp for books You can see anything from the latest glossy paperback to a mildewed pamphlet from pre Independence days you can find bound volumes of Walt Disney comics sitting cheek by jowl with hardbacks of the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna And they pop up in the most unlikely places, including the bathroom cupboard.I still remember when I first discovered Wodehouse I was in my second year of engineering It was a lazy Saturday afternoon, and there was nothing to read for me, an intolerable situation So I prowled around, searching for anything at all, and came upon a moth eaten hardbound book, its dust jacket long gone the cover showed a man in butler s attire chasing a portly boy The title was The Inimitable Jeeves I opened the book, scanned the first page, and sat down to read and got up when the sun was setting Plum had obta...

  2. Richard Derus says:

    Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time The discovery inspired her to embark on a year long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again.A book which is left on a shelf for a decade is a dead thing, but it is also a chrysalis, packed with the potential to burst into new life Wandering through her house that day, Hill s eyes were opened to how much of that life was stored in her home, neglected for years Howard s End is on the Landing charts the journey of one of the nation s most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing My Review Haven t all of us who possess a lot of books done this I will not buy a new book until I have read x from my shelves Uh huh No seriously THIS year I mean it, I m not buying a book Not one No Mmm hmmm Really I WILL NOT Yes dear.I have no idea how Ms Hill fared in her commitment not to buy any new books for a year I suspect poorly, but I m a suspicious old bugger, I am I read this lovely memoir of her her reading life with pleasure, because she told me enough about the books that sparked the memories she shares...

  3. Jan-Maat says:

    I found this utterly compelling up to, oh, about page six After that it swiftly moved from the mildly interesting to the mostly annoying at times I exclaimed to myself how did she get to know C.P Snow at age eighteen, and how did she end up babysitting for Arnold Wesker, and how did she manage to get her first novel published at eighteen view spoiler though I suppose that answers itself if you are baby sitting for leading...

  4. Karie Westermann says:

    I adore books about books and when I saw a Guardian Book Review of this book, I was interested Unfortunately this book is not so much a book about books nor a book about reading as much as it is a book about People Susan Hill Has Met Did you know she had lunch with Benjamin Britten who liked her novel That she once waited on a doorstep with TS Eliot E.M Forster once stepped on her toes Kingsley Amis once said to her in a genuine tone that he was very proud of his son That she interviewed one Sitwell and didn t impress another Sitwell That Bruce Chatwin s parents lived doors down from her And so it goes on.I had hoped for a book about book lovers quirks a book about what happens when y...

  5. Susan says:

    Having noted there is a further volume by Susan Hill, about her reading life, Jacob s Room is Full of Books, I decided to go back and re read the wonderful, Howard s End is On the Landing In this volume, Hill decides to re discover her own book collection, by spending a year just reading the books in her house Like all readers, I tend to have endless amounts of books to get through books to review, reading group choices and all those new purchases that are begging to be read Although I have books everywhere in my house, a lack of room has meant that I have happily switched most of my reading to what Hill refers to as a , wretched e reader, but I cannot say that I find much difference between reading books or reading on my kindle When commuting, travelling or just reading in bed, I find my kindle comfortable and, after all, it is what is contained within the book that is important to me than the format That said, I can see why Susan Hill an author and publisher is keen to promote reading books and I agree with her that some books need to be read as such especially those for children and she discusses much about the joys of pop up and picture books Obviously, as an author, she has also met many great authors and is willing to share stories about her encounters with some of the greats of the literary world However, it is really when she wanders her bookshelves that s...

  6. Ingrid says:

    What s not to love about books about books and with this wonderful cover and title I just had to delve in, pen and notebook in hand And it did not let me down I had quite some exercise, reading a few lines, getting up from my chair ...

  7. Connie G says:

    Susan Hill was looking for Howards End in her cozy farmhouse filled with unorganized bookshelves As she searched, she came across many unread books, as well as well as some old favorites that she would love to reread She decided to spend a year reading only books in her possession with the exception of library academic books and books sent for her to review.She takes us on a delightful journey through her her books as she describes her old wooden farmhouse Bookshelves fill every room, although she avoids the books belonging to SP or Shakespeare Professor Stanley Wells, her husband She has anecdotes about books she read at school, authors she interviewed on her radio show, and others she met at parties Hill is a well known author herself, and had written thirty seven books when this book was published She is also a publisher so she appreciates fine paper, attractive fonts, and the feel of a paper book in her hands.She writes about her books with the warmth that one feels on seeing an old fr...

  8. Halli says:

    For the most part I liked it, little gems of quotes here and there but all in all I found Susan Hill pretentious and severely name dropping I enjoyed her experience in literally running into E M Forster but after the first couple of run ins with prevalent authors, it just gets old She s entirely British thinking which I can appreciate but not when she s letting her reader know that obviously they haven t lived if they didn t have experience with a certain amateur printing press all because she wanted to be like Virginia Woolf Sooooooooooooooo I love me a good book memoir, and there were parts sections small essays that I enjoyed reading because I felt as if I had found another kindred spirit when it comes to reading, but alas, an individual t...

  9. cj says:

    Being a book about books, I thought it was a pretty sure thing that I would really like this And I did enjoy it devoured it quickly and was inspired to gaze adoringly at my bookshelves and reminded of various authors I want to read But I also found it a little bit irritating there s rather a lot of what can feel like name dropping, and Hill s dismissal of e readers, of certain authors, and of, you know, the literary production of entire nations I have a problem with Canadian as I do with Australian writers well, okay got on my nerves, and made this feel rather stuffy not as generous spirited and open as I want a book about book loving to be I sympathise on the e readers thing, but I was also reminded while reading that they might be quite useful to those who unlike Susan Hill don t have room for three separate complete editi...

  10. Michael says:

    While searching for a specific book from her library, Susan Hill discovered that the book was not where she thought it would be However she did discover many books that she had not read, or deserved a re read This inspired a new reading project, to spend the next year dipping into her own library and read the books she has forsaken Howards End is on the Landing not necessarily charts her reading but Susan Hill s opinions on literature and the bookish world.First thing you discover is that Susan Hill s house is full of books, not sorted and no order She had to search for the book she was looking for, expecting it in the one place but not finding it I love having my library like this, I recently had to look for my copy of Anna Karenina and I just loved looking at all my books and remembering the stories and memories that go with each one This is the basic premise of this memoir Hill goes through her bookshelves and shares memories and thoughts she has about the state of literature.Susan Hill goes on talking about her thoughts on being an author, the publishing world, self publishing, libraries, bookshelves, re reading and even the joys of reading slowly I have recently discovered the joys of re reading and readi...

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