Category Archives: Books

Morrison, Diaz and Oates

If you live/work/study near the New York Public Library and can attend their literary events you’re very lucky. The rest of us can enjoy them as podcasts or videos. Here are two of the best (yep, three names, two talks). Advertisements

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Good Reading & Listening List #2

(Image: whplibrary.org) Here are the best books and articles I’ve come across lately. They’re not all new; they are all interesting. If you’d read something you’d recommend, let me know. It’s good to spread the word with likeminded folk.

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Good Reading & Listening List #1

Here are the best books, articles and podcasts I’ve come across lately. They’re not all new; they are all interesting. If you’d read or heard something you’d recommend, let me know. It’s good to spread the word with likeminded folk.

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Exercise as Cure

This is not about me. I want to recommend a book called The Exercise Cure to you. But I’ll tell you this about myself so you know the perspective from which my recommendation is coming: I don’t play sport, never have. I … Continue reading

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Why I’m Holding Out

I’m writing a second manuscript while my agent waits on publishers’ responses to my first one. I may not land a publisher for either manuscript, despite my agent’s committed efforts – there are many people who write and only a … Continue reading

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Whatever You Do, Keep Doing It

This short piece – just a half-dozen paragraphs – is by Chuck Palahniuk, the American novelist who wrote Fight Club. I’m sharing it because it strikes me as a wise and simple way of encouraging people who create to keep creating. … Continue reading

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The Year 1913

A lot happened in 1913. It’s a year often neglected by history books since so much that was world-changing occurred during the 1914 to 1918 Great War that followed. However, I’m working on a project that spins around the years … Continue reading

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Life with a Wolf

Wolves are amazing animals. Anyone who watches Game of Thrones or has travelled wilderness areas of the northern hemisphere or has heard a wolf’s spine-tingling howl knows this. Wolves are entrancing, enigmatic. Earlier this year I read Mark Rowland’ s … Continue reading

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People In My Ears

I listen to a lot of podcasts. Most of them are about books and writing, popular culture, current affairs. I listen to podcasts when I’m walking my dogs, doing things domestic, or filling my supermarket trolley. I listen because having … Continue reading

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No Internet At All

I go to the library to write because the library has no internet. That’s what I tell myself.

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