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My History - Antonia Fraser

My favourite biographies to read are those of people I know next to nothing about.  I can crack open the book without any of the trepidation I feel when I read about my idols – there is nothing more disappointing than discovering that someone you deeply admire is actually a self-pitying bore, unrepentant adulterer, vegan, or in possession of other similarly off-putting character traits.  701 more words


Serendip Book Shop - Lyme Regis

In case you hadn’t realise, last week was Independent Book Shop Week.  Now as you know, I need no excuse to visit an independent bookshop but if I did this was it.  484 more words


Does reading damage your writing?

I’ve read a lot over the years.

I’m not trying to show off, but if libraries ran schemes encouraging adults to read like they do young children, … 682 more words


quotation: Charlotte Bronte

Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms. The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision.Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

Book Haul: Calgary Goodwill

Whenever I travel, I like to visit a second-hand book shop or two. The other weekend I had a chance to explore Calgary, so naturally I made a quick stop at a local Goodwill. 691 more words

I Martius am! Once first, and now the third

Now, with May just around the corner, I suddenly feel like it’s time to recall what I read almost two months ago, haha:

Erle Stanley Gardner: Perry Mason und der Tote im Rollstuhl… 81 more words


Antonia Fraser ...

Antonia Fraser, born 1932, is a British author of history books, novels, biographies and detective fiction. She is the widow of the Nobel prize-winning playwright, Harold Pinter. 410 more words