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Choosing a wedding reading

Monday, 25 August 2008

Earlier this summer, my oldest friend asked me if I could suggest a reading for his wedding ceremony. The criteria: 'Nothing religious, nothing too flowery and over the top, no Eskimo blessings.'

Should be easy, I thought …

Breaking Dawn and burning books

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Last week, Diane Shipley wrote a post for the Guardian blog about the response of Amazon reviewers to Stephenie Meyer's new book Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final part of the Twilight series. I haven't read any of the books, and so Diane's post was the first I'd heard that there are now thousands of Amazon reviewers in discussion forums expressing their outrage at the way in which Stephenie Meyer concluded the series. Some readers are suggesting burning the book, and others are suggesting returning it to the publisher.

The rise of the reading group

Thursday, 12 June 2008

I've often pondered the phenomenon of the rise of the reading group. I'm a member of one myself and look forward to my monthly opportunity to mouth off over a large glass of wine hugely.

Warning: mad wives should not be kept in attics

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Literary events - readers' days, library talks, writers' panels and such - are usually a grand day out. They're a chance to meet the people who buy your books, to hear feedback, maybe compare notes with other authors, to get out from your lonely office and socialize with real people rather than the imaginary ones in your head.

Re-reading and The Feast of Love

Sunday, 11 May 2008

I'm fairly confident that I haven't re-read a single book in the last ten years. Why is this? Those annoying distractions that prevent you from just sitting in a chair all day such as, for example, having to go into work and having to prepare your own food. Time is short, and there are too many books to read in the first place.

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