Ladies of letters

I fear that our house is quickly becoming the Penguin House:

Not only do we have a poster of Penguin Books hanging in our sitting room; courtesy of Ros’s box of 100 Penguin Postcards (I want one, too!), each of the rooms in our house now has a particular book: Plats du jour (or Foreign Food) by Patience Gray and Primrose Boyd, Dangerous Curves by Peter Cheyney, Civilization by Clive Bell, Mantrap by Sinclair Lewis, and Hotel Splendide by Ludwig Bemelmans. They were put up with a tremendous amount of irony…

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