Turning into Nero Wolfe

I think I’m turning into Nero Wolfe. It wasn’t a conscious decision, it just seems to have happened. I’ve turned into a fat man who doesn’t leave the house. I have the waistline, the aversion to exercise and I even have a selection of orchids. I say a selection, but I’m actually 9,997 orchids short of Wolfe’s total.

OK, I’ll come clean – I’ve had the waistline for a while, but being confined to the house hasn’t helped.

The cost of Nero Wolfe books on Kindle starts around £4, which is higher than I want to pay for something with no physical presence. I’ve bought one for  a penny, though P&P is £2.80. It’s a tricky balancing act. £4 for a load of pixels, or £2.80 for stamps and a second-hand book I’ll give away.

I’m currently packing for hospital (just one more day left) though it’s unlikely I’ll get a lot of reading done while I’m in there. I’m making sure to pack Wodehouse this time, and a packet of sandwiches.  My previous experience shows I’m likely to need cheeriness and sustenance.

What I really need is an auriga to follow me round the hospital and  whisper in my ear how lucky I am. I tend to find that as I lie there in the operating theatre my good fortune isn’t always at the forefront of my mind.

20 thoughts on “Turning into Nero Wolfe

  1. Laurie Graves

    Best, best, best! You’re coming down the homestretch? Books can be a great comfort in times of stress. I always turn to Miss Read.

      1. Laurie Graves

        She’s one of my favorites. Just let a friend borrow a compendium. The friend is recovering from back surgery and told me that Miss Read is just what she needed.

  2. arlingwoman

    Oh, gosh, Nero Wolfe is pretty entertaining, too, but Wodehouse could make you laugh, depending on which crazed characters are in the book. I hope you aren’t in the lock up for long. I’m off antibiotics for the moment and feeling much better. Don’t they feed you in UK hospitals? I thought ours were bad, but…

    1. quercuscommunity

      Last week I ate in the morning, went to A&E, missed lunch, was listed Nil by Mouth for evening meal, was ignored by the day shift when I asked (several times) for a sandwich, finally eating after the shift change.

      Tomorrow I’m not allowed to eat after 6.30 am and I’m likely to miss lunch so a sandwich seems a sensible precaution. 🙂


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