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Thoughts upon entering a secondhand bookshop

Secondhand bookshops really are the most wonderful things, especially for those, like me, with brains but not brass. It is like being allowed into a salon filled with the greatest minds of our age (Faulkner, Shakespeare, McEwan) whose thoughts you … Continue reading

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Over The Bridge and Far Away

Review: The Bridge by Iain Banks (1986) I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this. I was going to re-read The Crow Road, my favourite Iain Banks, in the wake (wake, geddit? Aw, c’mon, give a guy a break, I’ve been reading … Continue reading

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Sidebar of literary shame

There is, of course, no earthly reason why anyone would be interested in what I’ve just read, but I’ve been ignoring my personal reading record, my sidebar of literary shame, so I decided to tidy up the blog, dump this … Continue reading

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Winter holiday reading

A quick wintery ‘recently read’ roundup… Just My Type by Simon Garfield. My favourite of the bunch – an inspired Christmas present from @gwithiansunset. Apparently this was serialised on Radio 4, which is a bit odd for a book about … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Lucy Ellman

Poorly, elderly parents abound. I was convinced the other week that there was a great quote from the writer Lucy Ellman about the death of one’s parents. It was sad, it was witty, it was pithy. It was up there … Continue reading

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