The upside of having unreliable post is that you forget what you’ve ordered and then when it does arrive, it’s like an early Christmas present.
Which was what happened with my not-so-recent purchase of Ellen Emerson White’s “White House Autumn” and “Long Live the Queen”. I ordered them after I finished “The President’s Daughter” (thank you Angie for the rec!), which I read back in October. And like all of Angie’s recs, it was a good one!
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this book on the blog, but I did like many elements of the story, not least the peek into life on the campaign trail and in the White House. Obama’s presidential campaign this time last year caught my imagination, and I admit that certainly contributed towards my fascination with this book. I have to say that EEW came across as knowing her stuff very well; while I don’t claim to be an expert on politics, the endless press coverage of the US elections meant that we all pretty much became armchair pundits and all the tidbits of political info rang true to me.
One of the things that did throw me though, was that I opened the book knowing it was written back in the 80s, and then suddenly there was talk of the internet. I figured out pretty quickly that the book had been rewritten to make it less dated, but this actually disappointed me slightly because one of the things I love about reading older “contemporary” books is absorbing the accepted norms and behaviours of those times. I would love to know what changes EEW made, and would do a re-read if I could get my hands on the original version.
I am all excited about diving back into Meg’s world and finding out how she grows up in the public spotlight – another two books go on my reading list for the Christmas holidays!