Monthly Archives: April 2013

Reader’s Block

Have you ever experienced those weeks where one day you are extremely enthusiastic about reading, you have a book you’re loving – and then the next day all motivation to read has gone. That is what has happened to me. … Continue reading

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Alaskan Authors in Conversation

Here is an excellent discussion between Alaskan authors Eowyn Ivey & Andromeda Romano-Lax. The recording lasts for a little over an hour as they discuss their work including Ivey’s novel The Snow Child and Romano-Lax’s books The Spanish Bow and … Continue reading

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Honesty With Beauty and Horror

I’m really jumping the gun with this one, but I felt the need to write something in praise of this book even though I’m less than a quarter of the way into it. The first 100 pages of The Blind … Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas: literary seduction

My reading direction in the first few months of this year was set by David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. This book inspired a desire to read more “literary” fiction, something I’ve mostly neglected in recent years. I don’t know how long … Continue reading

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Dolly by Susan Hill

Dolly is the latest addition to my Susan Hill collection, following  The Small Hand and The Woman in Black. These three books are in special hard cover editions, small books measuring only 111 x 178 mm and each can be … Continue reading

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The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith

My autograph collection was started in the mid-1960s. It was the final day of a sea-side holiday with my parents. They had bought me an autograph book as a holiday present. Taking a last walk along the promenade we saw … Continue reading

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Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

Ghana Must Go touches on the difficulties immigrants face in trying to establish roots and to fit into a new country with its different cultural expectations. Starting with the longest death scene I can recall in a book (60 pages … Continue reading

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