As I am saving the book I most recently read to review on Monday as part of Ali’s DuMaurier Week, I thought I’d share with you some lovely books that have come in for review, thanks to the fab folk at Thames & Hudson and the Wolfson History Prize.

Thames & Hudson gave me the run of their catalogue again and sent me Alex Wiltshire’s “Home Computers: 100 Icons that Defined a Digital Generation” with all the first computers from my generation; Philip Hughes’ “Tracks: Walking the Ancient Landscapes of Britain” which is full of stunning pictures like the one on the front and mesmerising text about places I know and places I don’t know; Jacky Klein’s stunning and bang up to date huge book on Grayson Perry (who we’re all loving in his Art Club on a Monday night here in the UK, aren’t we?!) and Catrin Jones and Chris Stephens’ “Grayson Perry: The Pre Therapy Years” which looks at his early work (I may review these together as companion pieces). These will all be reviewed for Shiny New Books, but will be featured here, too, of course.

The Wolfson History Prize shortlist has recently been announced, and I’ve been asked to submit a review to their blog tour early next month, as I did last year with the amazing “Birds in the Ancient World“. The book I’ll be reading is “The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans” by David Abulafia, which takes us from the Polynesian raft explorers to the mysteries of modern shipping, via the Vikings and pirates.

I may have bought a couple more books for myself, but they can wait for another time. In the meantime, thank you to the publishers and PRs for these lovely books to review, and I will enjoy every moment of reading them.