Trials and Treats
...including THE TAX FORM - the hideous thing. It looms up every year at the tail-end of summer, preoccupying me whenever I think about September. I don't know why it worries me so much - maybe because I'm not very good at filling it in. Each year I think I've finished the thing then an hour later think of something else that should have gone in - it almost makes me wish for some sort of gainful employment where this sort of thing would be done for me automatically. The on-line version is a great innovation though. I have now got to the 93% stage or thereabouts and shall save it there for a few days in case something else occurs to me and then send it through at the last minute.
However tomorrow I am having a little treat. I am going down to London for a couple of days: to the AGM of the Society of Authors at Imperial College where the subject under discussion afterwards is to be 'The State of Bookselling' (I shall be wearing black for that one), and then the next day meeting my mother to go and see the terracotta warriors at the British Museum (at 12 noon sharp - the tickets are timed and you only have ten minutes leeway) followed by a meeting on 'The Facts About Non-Fiction' (for children's writers) at the Society of Authors' premises in Drayton Gardens. Then I shall scamper up to Euston to catch the last train home.
I have, at last, got into MONEY by Martin Amis (having been distracted by a bit of non-fiction recently). I think it is the most brilliantly villainous work I have ever read and I am loving it enormously. I have read some excellent (and very different) books recently and intend to do a few reviews very soon.