Category Archives: Reading

The Pause, The Look, and The Deadly Eyebrow

One of the odd things about being a teacher is that your teaching behaviours can begin to bleed over into your home life. You act a lot at work so you find yourself doing it when you’re not being paid … Continue reading

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Just Imagine

Dressing up for World Book Day in schools seems to split opinion right down the middle. Some people love it, and go all out to take part and to think up a costume. Other people hate it. They don’t like … Continue reading

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“Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge.” Alberto Manguel When you become a published author, you very quickly get used to readers interpreting what you write in a way that is not what you … Continue reading

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The Longest Story

I’ve just finished reading the book “I am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes. This is a LONG book. 888 pages to be precise. It is such a big book that one of my main difficulties in reading it was holding it … Continue reading

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A Hierarchy of Books

“A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but nobody wants to read.” Mark Twain This week I had lunch with a friend who I hadn’t seen in ages. It was lovely to catch up with her, and it … Continue reading

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Think for Yourself

I have a confession to make: I don’t read education books. I write them, obviously, but I very, very rarely read them, unless I’ve been asked to write a review. This is not meant to be some kind of anti-intellectual … Continue reading

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Am Reading

Lennox The Long Glasgow Kiss The Deep Dark Sleep by Craig Russell Lennox is basically Jack Reacher and Myron Bolitar, mixed together. (If you don’t know Myron Bolitar, I highly recommend Harlan Coben’s entire oeuvre. If you don’t know Jack … Continue reading

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100 Years Later

5th March, 2115 The late 20th and  early 21st Century are now regarded as the golden age of children’s literature. A hundred years earlier, there were few great books for children. But at this time, a new age began. Of … Continue reading

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Simply the Best

“access to the best that has been thought and written …” Michael Gove I’ve always been wary of the notion of a literary canon: a list of the best that has ever been written. In part, my concern stems from … Continue reading

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Cause for Concern

‘You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time – we live no longer in the … Continue reading

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