Second hand books

Second hand books

Virginia Woolf’s comment on second hand books is for all those of you who love the look and feel of them, the randomness and surprise of finding them in old boxes, or lined up in a charming bookshop. I hope that, like me, you also enjoy second guessing the...
A sunny spot to read

A sunny spot to read

I fell in love with this room when I saw this sunlit painting.  The Victorian artist has captured a perfect cosy, bright spot for reading, in a magnificent yet intimate Elizabethan or Jacobean interior.  I wonder what titles are in that pile of books on the table. ...
Four years old today!

Four years old today!

Today is Shakespeare’s birthday & ours! The WritingRedux literary ink-fest is 4 years old with 2000+ dazzling illustrated quotes, reviews and other bright writing delights. Sign up for regular mind-feast despatches to hone your wits and lift your...
A capacious book thief

A capacious book thief

Steinbeck and Robert Capa spent a month in the Soviet Union. It took some time for Steinbeck to cotton on to the fact that his travelling companion was a closet biblioklept. I love the blithe insistence of innocence in Capa, even when caught book-handed, with that...
Of books and life

Of books and life

This describes the reading philosophy of a Jewish village school teacher in Russia during the war.  One of Vasily Grossman’s magnficent short stories, he depicts a humble, brilliant man whose power of thought isn’t trampled by the horrors unfolding. Boris...
Unexpected ignorance, unexpected knowledge

Unexpected ignorance, unexpected knowledge

Maggie Tulliver is a girl whose brightness and spirit are constantly curtailed and nearly crushed. Throughout her childhood she is treated as subordinate to her brother, including in the matter of education.  Here she makes the most of a few crumbs of culture allowed...
The history of books

The history of books

An idea so intrinsic to reading books, particularly those you love and remember, that I had never consciously thought of it.  Here, Michael Rosen describes his first encounter with a children’s classic, and it made me recall early encounters with some beloved...

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