I’m off to the bookshop

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The vast majority of my disposable income is swiftly swapped for paperbacks and old classics in my local bookshops. I buy more books than I do pints of milk, most of them secondhand these days (the books not the milk...). That way, I can spend a tenner not on just one crisp and shelf-new paperback,… Continue reading I’m off to the bookshop

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Visiting post-war France with William Maxwell

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To say that very little happens in William Maxwell's The Château would be to over-estimate its drama. But that doesn't matter. Maxwell's book is principally concerned with the characters, sculpted slowly and deliberately over hundreds of pages. The writer does not make any concessions for the patience of the reader and though I might have… Continue reading Visiting post-war France with William Maxwell

Reading Recommendations

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I am ending the year in the same way as it began: by the fire with a book. There is no question that I have done more reading than anything else this year. I have always been a voracious reader, greedy for fantasy escapism early on, then historical fiction and more recently finding a home… Continue reading Reading Recommendations