I’m very fond of these little handbooks by Christina Foyle, who joined her father in the publishing game at the tender age of 17. These books, small and handy were full of valuable information. Just the sort of book to read … Continue reading
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Tagged Books, Christina Foyles, collectibles, Dogs, e lindley wood, edna howard jones, Fox Terrier, Foyles, Irish Terrier, russia, smooth fox terrier, stalin, terrier handbook, Terriers
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I was out in the Wilds of Washington, ( no Starbucks in sight) when I found this little second hand bookshop with the Mad Hatter just about to do a walk about. I love second hand bookshops, there is something … Continue reading
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Rochester, Kent, has a special place in my heart. I first discovered Rochester as a young girl. We were in Sheerness Kent and set out for a wonderful summer’s day with promises to be home by tea time. With change … Continue reading
Tagged Aga Cookware, Books, Charles Dickens, Dickens, English Heritage, Gundulf of Rochester, Kent, Literature, Miss Havisham, Pickwick Papers, Restoration House, Rochester, Rochester Castle, Rochester Cathedral, Sheerness, Victorian Street Lamps
When a novel is finished there is always the period of mourning and loss. The character’s that you have spent so many hours with have nothing more to say to you, you’ve written countless drafts, it’s endured edit after edit, … Continue reading
Tagged Art, Books, Fiction, Literary Agent, Literature, Manuscript, Publishing, reading groups, Writer, Writers, writing
If you haven’t heard of, or read Fifty Shades of Grey, where have you been? I took a look at the book after hearing all the hype and wanted to see what was the fuss. The first thing that I … Continue reading
Tagged Anne Rice, Books, Carol Queen, Catherine Millet, Delta of Venus, Emmanuelle Arsan, Erotic literature, Fifty Shades of Grey, Sexual Life of Catherine M, Story of O, writing
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When I was down beside the sea, a wooden spade they gave to me to dig the sandy shores….That was the first poem I ever memorised along with another, a really odd choice, the melancholic poem by Verlaine.. Il pleure … Continue reading
Tagged Allen Lane, Books, Carnegie Medal, Christie, Down and Out in Paris and London, England, Eve Garnett, Evelyn's Sharp, Family from One End Street, Frederick Muller, George Orwell, Gill Sans, Harold Nicholson's, Harold Nicolson, Hemmingway, History, Lady Chatterly's Lover, Obscene Publications Act, Penguin Book, Puffin, Puffin Book, Robert Louis Stevenson, Southend On Sea, Tales From The City, The Beatles, The London Child, When I was down beside the sea, Why we are at war
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It snowed the other day. Ted, my trusty wire fox terrier, decided that my hours at the desk were done, and it was now his time for his walk. We set off into the city woods, an acre or two … Continue reading
Tagged Books, Charles Dickens, Clarie Tomalin, Dog Walking, England, Health, Physical exercise, Thomas Allinson, victorian doctor, Victorian era, Victorians, walk, walking, writing
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Sometimes going back in time is a colossal mistake. I remember traipsing after my father along Charing Cross Road to various little bookshops with lead fronted windows and solid wood doors. I didn’t pay too much attention to the shop’s … Continue reading
Tagged 84 Charing Cross Road, Books, Charing Cross Road, Dorothy Whipple, England, Foyles, History, John Sandoe Books, London, London Bookshops, personal essay, Shakespheare and Company, Ted's Day Out, travel, travel essay, Writers, writing