Retired secretary and freelance feature writer Margaret Powling lives in Torbay in South Devon. When she is not out and about with her husband, taking photographs, munching and lunching in local hostelries, and enjoying the scenery, she is devouring lots of lovely books. Over to you, Margaret.
My bedside table is actually not a table at all but a small three-drawer mahogany chest, one of a pair (my husband has the other on his side of the bed.) The piles of books change constantly. From the photograph you might notice that although I write non-fiction, almost 100% of the reading matter here is fiction, the current exception being The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock, a biography of Mrs Delany whose life's work started at 72 when she began making her cut-paper pictures. Looking at them today it is hard to imagine they are not paintings at all.