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Pullman’s tense

There’s an odd piece in the Guardian today by Philip Pullman - following on a piece by Philip Hensher in the Telegraph last week – bemoaning the use of present tense in contemporary fiction. Pullman writes, “What I dislike about the present-tense … Continue reading

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Brown out at the Edinburgh Book Festival

This morning I attended the Edinburgh book festival with a gaggle of children to see the fabulous Steve Cole. Cole is a children’s author with (at least) 4 series running at the moment: Slime Squad (genetically modified monsters who live … Continue reading

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Viaburkesworks  1) What book are you reading at the moment? Roger’s Version – my favourite Updike and Charles Elton’s Mr Toppit. 2) What book did you read last? Updike’s Complete Henry Bech and Trollope’s The Warden 3) What book are … Continue reading

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ThE National year of Reading – how do you attract members of the opposite sex?

I am often approached by complete strangers who say to me, "What books do you think make a person attractive to a member of the opposite sex?" Flummoxed by this query I’ve walked away in silence. Fortunately, help is at … Continue reading

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UNique books?

Via alfaguru and nhw  Ten books you have that you don’t think anyone else on your friends list will have. I immediately rule out continental crime fiction because shaz_rte has no doubt reviewed them all so – avoiding a complete run of … Continue reading

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THe great American novelist

Last week Radio 3 broadcast a fascinating interview with Philip Roth looking at his new novel in the main, but wide-ranging and covering religion and American politics among other topics.  The interview is now available for download for one week … Continue reading

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For your consideration – The Writer’s Table

Waterstones is running a venture known as The Writer’s Table where a writer chooses 40 books.  The first list was from Sebastian Faulks and the new list is from Philip Pullman and available here - and what a fascinating list.  With le … Continue reading

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The 1% well-read challenge

Via exlibrisThere is a challenge going around t’internet based on the “1001 Books you must read before you die”  which is to read 10 out of the 1001 books before the end of next february (a rate of one a month or … Continue reading

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David Peace

An interesting interview with the great man in The Guardian yesterday, and he gets the Melvyn treatment this evening on the South Bank Show (with a podcast to follow no doubt).

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Dalek survival book not breach of copyright

 Some time ago the Beeb published the Ultimate Dalek survival guide – a small pocket sized paperback, black covered and comprising a mishmash of material treating DW as a fly on the wall documentary and this guide, a handy pocket … Continue reading

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World Book Day

It’s World Book Day (in the UK and Ireland – elsewhere it’s on cervantes’ and Shakespeare’s birthday – but never mind), so to mark the occasion do you have any recommendations you’re urging to foist on me or my other … Continue reading

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Book quiz meme

Via assorted folk on the f-list the book quiz.  The rules are as for everyone else – a point for the author, a point for the title, a point for the genre, a point for getting the date to within … Continue reading

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Best 50 children’s books?

 As revealed by Booktrust the list of the 50 best children’s books (polling 4,000 people) was as follows: TOP 50 BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS   The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle Famous … Continue reading

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Best Booker winner

The public are going to have the opportunity to vote via the interweb for the best ever Booker winner after judges have chosen a short list of six. How exciting to have democracy in action.  Will Richard and Judy present it to … Continue reading

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Books

I have a lot of books – hundreds certainly, maybe 3 or 4,000 books.  They sit in 15 double-shelved bookcases around my house, well cared for, and (at least partly) read (I begin virtually all of my books but have cast many … Continue reading

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Dedalus

Apologies for touting, but some of you may know that Dedalus, one of the best small publishing houses in the UK, is under threat because the Arts Council is proposing to cut its grant.  Dedalus has published Robert Irwin (Arabian … Continue reading

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So farewell then Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer has died.  I’ve not really got on well with his work, aside from The Fight – the tale of the Rumble in the Jungle.  Martin Amis wrote of him, “No one in the history of the written word, … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize for literature

 The Nobel for literature is this year won by Doris Lessing – that’s two Brits in three years.

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The reappearance of the greatest living Scot

I am the proud owner of the new Alasdair Gray novel, Old Men in Love complete with a wonderful fake epilogue examining Gray the writer.  It is suggested that this is his last fiction.  I hope not.  Would that more … Continue reading

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Unread meme

It’s that meme that folk are doing about books. These are apparently the top 100 “unread” books on Librarything. bold – read itbold + strikethrough – read it and hated it!italics – bounced off itred text – no intention of … Continue reading

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