Apart from deciding what clothes I'm taking, I'm having a hard time choosing the books I'm going to take.
If I were just going to New York, I'd take some short stories and a book of poems, and I might slip '84 Charing Cross Road' in as well, because letters are wonderful to read.
Having six days traversing the Atlantic thrown into the mix has set me wondering what I'm going to bring with me.
I'm certainly taking some Daphne du Maurier with me. I've found 'The Parasites' and I want to read 'The Rendezvous and Other Stories' too. With any luck 'Letters from Menabilly' will arrive before I leave.
As for others, I think I should take some Sebastian Faulks, for which I will have to raid my Father's bookshelf, and perhaps some Evelyn Waugh will be good to set the mood with.
I'm also taking my novel with me, because if I can't write on a ship, I can't write anywhere! Port Eliot has given me some good ideas for scene settings!
Does anyone have any recommendations? I want to wrap myself in other worlds as I slip slowly through the sea, passing over the mouldering wreck of Titanic, two miles below me.