Category Archives: Reading

Interpretations

“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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