100 Greatest Novels of All Time

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I like following insane reading challenges, as I enjoy pushing myself, and I dearly hope lots of reading will have a positive effect in my ever-mushening mind, so I am going to read… Continue reading

Pigroot’s School of Witchyness and Wizard Stuff

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If someone wrote a series of books with the above title, they’d be risking legal action, if J. K. Rowling did herself, you’d be wondering if she was short of cash and had… Continue reading

‘Beware the Ides of March’

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As today is the Ides, or the 15th of March – famed as being particularly inauspicious for Julius Caesar, (and he can’t say he wasn’t warned!) – I thought it would be a… Continue reading

Books vs Cake

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For my birthday a while back, I made some vegan cupcakes to celebrate. Sadly, they suffered from the inclusion of baking powder that had taken early retirement without giving notice. Some of you may… Continue reading

How long were you thinking of staying in your grave for?

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I’m reading La Dame Aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas. Marguerite, our dead-from-the-beginning-classy-courtesan heroine, is bought a plot in Montmartre cemetery in Paris by Armand, her most dedicated lover, for five years. Yep, five… Continue reading

Caution: Do not read while drinking hot beverages

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After finishing Victor Hugo‘s weighty brick ‘Les Miserables’, I fancied something light and a bit giddy – like the literary equivalent of lemon sorbet to refresh my palette before embarking on my next… Continue reading

I am afraid of Virginia Woolf

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If I ever found myself in a room Virginia Woolf, I think I’d be terrified. And not just because she’s dead, and so that would be spooky, but because from her quotes, her… Continue reading

Nobody’s Listening.

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A few days ago, I caught an interview with Juliette Binoche on Radio 4’s Arts review program, ‘Front Row’. She was discussing her role in the already acclaimed production of Sophocles’ ‘Antigone‘, from… Continue reading

Extreme reading

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There is one place, loaded with potential tragedy and risk, that it is really, very perilous to read.   I have had so many accidents, so many novels left drying out on radiators,… Continue reading

It’s Kenneth Grahame’s birthday – Poop Poop!

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Today is Kenneth Grahame’s birthday – hooray! Not many people know that as well as writing ‘The Wind in the Willows’, ‘The Reluctant Dragon’ and numerous short stories, he used to work for… Continue reading