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My Life In Books

I was nominated for this tag by the lovely Aliza ages ago but am only now getting round to responding. So firstly this is an apology to Aliza, for not acknowledging her kind message at the time, as well as a thank you and an encouragement to all readers to go and have a look at her… 702 more words


The Seed Collectors & The A to Z of You and Me

The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas

“I have no idea why everyone thinks nature is so benign and glorious and wonderful. All nature is trying to do is kill us as efficiently as possible.” 1,144 more words

Fiction Review

Reflecting on Possession

Think of this – that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone,

and they were alone with each other

A.S. Byatt

After semester is over I can enjoy the luxury of reading for pleasure again, and the first book I picked up this month was A.S. 623 more words


Portrait of A S Byatt by Patrick Heron

A.S. Byatt (Portrait of A S Byatt : Red, Yellow, Green and Blue : 24 September 1997)

The 1997 portrait of A S Byatt, by Patrick Heron, in oils on canvas, captures all the exuberance of the novelist in primary colours. 375 more words


Been awhile, eh? My word world has been quiet. Against all better judgment (and every single source you could consult), I have been watching the film adaptation of… 168 more words


Everyone has book inside - but few write it well

A generous publisher has just sent me a copy of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, a bestselling memoir of how she cheered herself up after a miserable divorce by doing the things listed in the title. 496 more words


Love it or Hate it? The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt

Have you ever noticed how some books seem to drive a wedge between people? You check the reviews and find almost no middle-of-the-road ratings. Instead people either seem to love it or hate it. 827 more words