There’s no debate that the best Christmas present for a reader is a book. But what about for a writer? A pen, endless supplies of ink and paper, or a computer that never glitches? A room of one's own? Time? Or is being published the present a writer craves? Over the last couple of months … Continue reading Best Xmas Gift
Ever wanted to be in the noble ranks – rich, privileged, without a care? I hadn’t, but then I saw the tomb of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Effigy She lies in ethereal light cast through high windows stained with rubies, blues, the colours of the sun and crucifixes She reminds you to pray intercede her … Continue reading How to Spend Eternity
Is there a place for the pun in literature? Short answer. No! And yet I bought a copy of ‘The Meowmorphosis’ (2011) by Franz Kafka (no doubt turning in his grave) and Coleridge Cook. The cover is just too cute. Judging the book by its cover, instead of Gregor Samsa transforming into something ugly and … Continue reading The Place of the Pun in Literature: is there one?
I’ve long been fascinated by those lists they put in newspapers – and now in many places on the internet – to let us know what momentous events happened on this day. You might be having a bad day on the 12th of May, but hey, at least it’s not 1973 and you weren’t the last … Continue reading This Day in History
I don’t set out looking for novels that have a writer as the main character or narrator, it just happens. This time I started reading a book recommended by a friend and discovered the narrator is a writer of rodeo books for young girls. The creator of this fictional author of rodeo books is Miriam … Continue reading Cleaning the Septic Tank
I am in the thrall of Vikram Seth. I have just finished ‘An Equal Music’ (1999) and will one day recover from the grief of finishing it. Not, I confess, that I understood it all. Vikram Seth is the author of the far more famous ‘A Suitable Boy’ (1993). This is a day for confessions … Continue reading The Language of Music
Award season has come and I’m in two minds about certain winners and some overly obvious shortlists amongst the literary prizes this year. In the past I have taken guidance from the lists as to what to read next. I shouldn’t be so lazy, letting award judges decide my reading for me. I have to remind … Continue reading Prized Reading