Category Archives: Ramblings

Book sculptures

Every now and then I stumble and obsess over something new: a concept, a publisher or a product of some sort. Most of these discoveries come about by pure chance – a newspaper article perhaps, a tweet or word of … Continue reading

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Great British Authors

As a tribute to the London 2012 Olympics and its slogan of ‘Inspire a Generation’, I thought it would be appropriate to list a new generation of ‘up-and-coming’ British authors. In 2010, The Telegraph ran a story on Britain’s 20 … Continue reading

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The 2010 Man Booker Prize shortlist

So it’s that time of year again: the Man Booker Prize List has been announced. This is probably the most distinguished literary award of the world. The Oscars, Mercury Prize or [insert another award of your choosing here] of books. … Continue reading

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Authors as characters

I have for some time been obsessing about the idea of authors writing about themselves as characters in their books. By that I don’t simply mean having a character that represents the writer, perhaps an alter-ego like John Updike’s ‘Henry … Continue reading

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The Great American Novelist: Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is everywhere. They call it franzenfrenzy, franzenfreude, franzenfury. The President of the US of A was given an advance copy and now the entire country is confused: is it on sale or not? People are getting angry; there … Continue reading

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