Saturday, August 02, 2008

abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit

I am going away tomorrow and probably won't have access to the internet. Regular visitors will know that I am off for my annual summer camp, this year to beautiful Buckfast Abbey. Being responsible for 53 children is likely to result in sleep deprivation so, although I am due home on Saturday evening, I shall probably take to my bed for at least 24 hours. Please bear this in mind if you enter the book draw and your name doesn't appear in the list on the sidebar. I will respond to all comments when I emerge from my stupor.

If you haven't yet entered the draw for the signed copy of Down to a Sunless Sea, you can do so here. I will make the draw around 11th August.

I hope that Millie's Mum will find time to write a post or two but you know what babies are like for scuppering one's plans. To keep you busy while I'm gone, I'll offer an extra book draw for comments left on here with a correct translation of the title of this post and to whom it is attributed. The winner may choose one from the following books, all of which have been read once by a careful owner.
  • The Misanthrope and other plays by Moliere (New Penguin edition)
  • Daphne by Justine Picardie (Hardcover)
  • Being Emily by Anne Donovan (proof copy)
  • The Closed Door and other stories by Dorothy Whipple (Persephone edition)
  • The Blood Doctor by Barbara Vine (Hardcover)
  • Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
  • Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris
  • Bare Bones by Kath Reichs (Hardcover)
  • Lily by Adele Geras
  • The Babes in the Wood by Ruth Rendell
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • The Ante-Room by Kate O'Brien
  • All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville West
  • My Best Friend's Girl by Dorothy Koomson
Having seen how much space I could have on my shelves for new purchases, I'm tempted to give away more than one of these so roll up and try for one. I will restrict the hardcover books to within the UK but the rest I'm prepared to send anywhere. Bonus fortuna!

P.S. To be fair to those who have forgotten their Latin, can't cheat with Google or who simply like a bit of fun, humorous translations will be accepted.


  1. Well, M, it's a bit of Cicero, innit? Something along the lines of gone, scarpered, hopped it, vamooshed? Unless Millie was translating, in which case it might be: ate it, ate too much of it, tried not think about it and then brought the whole lot up (on Grandma's T-shirt).

    Have a wonderful week.

  2. OK, I’ll admit to it, I’ve looked it up on Google and have nothing original to offer.
    He has left, absconded, escaped and disappeared. (Cicero's famous description of Catiline's escape in the second Catiline oration).
    Also translated as:
    He departed, he withdrew, he strode off, he broke forth.
    He has departed, gone off, escaped, broken out.
    He has departed, he has fled, he has gone out from among us, he has broken away.
    Catiline was planning to overthrow the Roman Republic and in particular the Senate in 63 BC. This plan included the assassination of Cicero. But Cicero had been warned and delivered his first Catiline oration against him in the Senate. Catiline ran from the Senate and left Rome to join the army of rebels. This prompted the second Catiline oration containing the famous quote. There was a battle, and Catiline was killed. For more details, see

  3. He has left, absconded, escaped and disappeared.
    (Cicero, In Catilinam)

    I admit - I googled it.

  4. Bruessel and Carolyn, I am pleased to welcome you to Rd and to enter your names in the draw. I think all entrants will get a book, I'll just have to draw for the order of choice. Good luck.

  5. I didn't have to google as I had my mother at hand!

  6. Margaretha:
    Mothers can be very useful! I will add your name to the draw and hope there is something on the list that you would like. I think I may add a few more paperbacks from my duplicate section.


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