John's Autumn Picks 2019
I'll list my non-book picks first, then some book picks.
JOHN'S AUTUMN PICK - ALBUM
Waylon Jennings, 'Honky-Tonk Heroes'
The voice of Waylon and the songwriting chops of Billie Joe Shaver make this an all-time melancholy country classic. Jennings' wrenching performance of 'Old Five and Dimers Like Me', especially, is the musical equivalent of the nights drawing in. But there's uproarious fun, too, as in the country stomp of 'Ain't No God in Mexico', bracing as an October thunderstorm.
JOHN'S AUTUMN PICK - TEA
Gnocchi and mushroom sauce
Mushrooms, white wine, bit of chicken stock, cream or creme fraiche, parmesan, over gnocchi. If you've any parsley in the fridge then chop a bit over it why not.
JOHN'S AUTUMN PICK - CRAFT
There's a knife-sharpener on the back of our kitchen door which it would be good to get a bit of use out of. And of course it's good for the knives and makes them last a bit longer. Action item: investigate whether there's a knife-sharpening tutorial on Youtube.
JOHN'S AUTUMN PICK - SEA SHANTY / WORK SONG
Lovely tune, lovely verses, lovely chorus. My favourite verse is the one that starts 'O the first land we made, was a point called the Deadman'.
JOHN'S AUTUMN PICK - SOME BOOKS
Finally, here are some books I'm looking forward to reading this autumn. A new collection from Mimi Khalvati; a new novel from John Le Carré; a book of abandoned English villages; two ghost stories from the new-to-me Celia Fremlin.