Who Likes What

A favourite end of year time-waster is looking at Best of lists compiled by writers I admire. If books appear on more than one list they must be really good. Surely. Does the opinion of a Man Booker Prize winner count for more than a non-winner? Yes if it's Anne Enright and the book is…
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Spooky stuff for Halloween

All Hallow's Eve is coming up and if you're in the mood for some ghostly good times, have we got the books, movies and info for you! For Kids We've got some great Halloween-themed books for kids. You might want to try - Halloween Board Books - Cheerful and not scary for little ones (my 2…
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Bibliotherapy

Do you ever wonder why a particular book seems to come along at just the right time? I remember reading Armistead Maupin's series Tales of the City at a time in my 20s when I was missing a close group of friends who had all moved away. The friends in his books became my friends…
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The Beauty of Lists

Memory – as you get older – seems to fail you at the most inopportune moments…  And if, heaven forbid, you are a little ‘distracted’ or ‘stressed’, then it completely goes out of the window. Once upon a time I could remember the titles of books and authors’ names without having to play mental ‘charades…
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New Year’s Resolution (4)

The resolution to read seven books off The Guardian Best Books of 2013 list is proceeding well with no duds so far. The latest is Breakfast at Sotheby’s, which was on William Boyd‘s list. Perhaps Boyd liked it so much because he features in the book, as the creator of an elaborate hoax that began…
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