Inspiring Older Readers
What does war do to photographers? posted on 05 Oct 2015
What does war do to photographers? At this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival I had the great good fortune to spend some time listening to Don McCullin
The Greatest Book Jacket Ever? posted on 24 Sep 2015
I doubt that anyone would ever try and claim that the world of book collecting is the most rational environment.....
Why are my books exploding? posted on 21 Sep 2015
Back in the early 1970s I worked in a bookshop in Birmingham run by a family of more or less dysfunctional brothers and sisters...
What’s in a Book? Part two posted on 11 Sep 2015
Are you one of those people who picks up a second hand book, opens it and is delighted and intrigued to find on the inside...
What's in a book? posted on 30 Aug 2015
Anyone who buys second hand books will know that one of the associated pleasures is finding slim items between the pages left behind....
Buying Poetry in Bangor posted on 13 Aug 2015
Buying Poetry in Bangor It’s 1974 in Bangor, North Wales. I’m just about to start the final year of my degree in English Literature and it’s raining
The potency of the old Penguin posted on 31 Jul 2015
The potency of the old Penguin I’ve been thinking about the way in which old Penguin book jackets have the same potency for me as the madeleine had for
I've been thinking about why I love Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee posted on 31 Jul 2015
I've been thinking about why I love Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee This is one of my all- time favourite books that I first read when I was about sixteen
My confession : I really like Folio books posted on 31 Jul 2015
My confession : I really like Folio books That shouldn't be such a remarkable thing to say, should it? Just take a look at them. ....
Book collector or paper hoarder? posted on 22 Jul 2015
For almost as long as I can remember now I have had a looming shelf crisis....