TBR Lucky Dip: March

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

As I explained in my post about reading plans for the new year, each month I’m going to be using a random number generator to select a book from my TBR pile for me to read, to help me read more widely from my shelves.

This month, the deities of www.random.org have ordained that I should read book number 316. According to my TBR list this means that I am reading…

Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

With its lyrical and descriptive powers, Death of a Naturalist marked the auspicious debut of one of the century’s finest poets.  Seamus Heaney was born in Mossbawn, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.

This is a book that I have in a box set of Faber poetry books, most of which I’ve dipped into before but not read properly. I’m excited about this selection, as I’ve not read any Heaney since he was on the syllabus for GCSE poetry, but I remember liking his writing and it will be good to rediscover him after all this time.

I think the random number generator was smiling on me with this choice: evidently it knew that I’d left it rather late in the month to choose a book and so it kindly (and entirely randomly, I hasten to add) selected what is possibly the slimmest volume in my TBR pile at a mere 46 pages.  I should be able to squeeze such a little book in before March is over.

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