I admit it, I buy books for their covers as well as their content, and for the illustrations that interleaf their writing. Look forward to sharing an eclectic selection, old and new.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

A beloved possession, this book was given to me by my mother for Christmas 1969, when I was six.  You can just see below her dedication in the illustration of the inside front cover.  Like her, I loved the poem presented Robert Browning's superb translation from the...

The Mermaid & the Red Candle

The Mermaid & the Red Candle

As you may recall, in preparing for a new decade of life, I made a resolution to read 1000 fairy tales, legends and myths.  This is the second book I've read since embarking on this joyous venture.  One of several given to me by my mother for Christmas 1969, when I...

Now we are six

Now we are six

As we approach the 6th birthday of WritingRedux, I've cast my mind back to the year I turned six and the books I was given and reading at that time.  We had several Christopher Robin books at home and so Now We Are Six was a permanent presence. In addition, in 1970,...

Shelebrate with a shelfie

Shelebrate with a shelfie

With a nod to the British Library which introduced me to the idea of the 'shelfie', a photo featuring a shelf's worth of books, here is one to celebrate the 5th anniversary of WritingRedux. It features most of the books I've celebrated on WritingRedux over the last...

All good publishers have a department of exceptions.

Gabriel Zaid – So Many Books

Greek Myths and Legends

These enchanting, sunlit illustrations of a French children's rendition of Greek Myths delighted me. They are part of a series...

Wind Island

The first edition of this book I found, at a flea market, was a French translation, and it took me...

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