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[29 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 8,315 views]
Curtis Sittenfeld, “Sisterland”

Slightly alternative subject matter for this very very readable fiction that includes characters and situations you grow with. Enjoy.

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[4 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 1,782 views]
Alexandra Horowitz, “On Looking”

Want to find out about all the things you’re not experiencing everytime you step out of your front door.? Read on…

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[21 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 1,563 views]
Charlotte Rogan, “The Lifeboat”

While everyone else is reading Life of Pi, get yourself stuck into this.

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[27 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 1,260 views]
Isabel Allende, “Of Love And Shadows”

Blimey, Allende’s a genius. She’s a Latin D.H.Lawrence, a modern Garcia Marquez, a less fictitious Ruiz Zafon. This story weaves together the lives of different families that span distinct class, political and religious preferences.

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[1 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 1,451 views]
Roger Deakin, “Waterlog”

Some of the best metaphorical writing I have read for a long time:

“The restless Dorset sea fondles and gropes at the rock-shelf like a lover’s hand sliding up a stockinged thigh … and when the tide is up the snowy waves shampoo over the rocks and waterfall off its seaward rim.”

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[31 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 1,182 views]
Gregory David Roberts “Shantaram”

Within two pages Shantaram had become my new favourite book. This epic novel is brilliantly written; the pace, the detail, the characters, the drama are compelling, if you are not sucked in you are reading a bogus version.

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[22 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 3,468 views]
David McCandless, “Information is Beautiful”

Alright, so maybe this shouldn’t be classified ‘reading’…

McCandless decided to provide a service to society by visually presenting bits of stats, data & info. The book is brilliant. It totally achieves what it sets out to do which is make plain old numbers interesting and relevant.

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[19 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 23,969 views]
Claire Tomalin, “Charles Dickens, A Life”

2012 is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens and there have been several efforts at commemorating this: BBC shows, Google Doodle, and Claire Tomalin’s biography which as published late 2011. I wasn’t an avid Dickens fan, and I’ve not always ‘got on’ with biographies but this book has reversed both of those perspectives.
Dickens’s life was rich, active and intriguing. He pursued much with high energy and skill. In his 58 years Dickens fathered ten (possibly eleven) children, wrote twenty novels plus short stories and plays, …

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[9 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 2,164 views]
TED Talk: “The Creative Spark; Master Storytellers”

Andrew Stanton speaks with emotion and brilliant humour in this Talk, which is what you’d expect from one of Pixar’s writers right. Early on Andrew makes some comments about the power of non-dialogue storytelling and how it’s important to provide two-plus-two, not four, to the reader, watcher or listener because they want to be involved in the storytelling process. This week I’ve seen both The Artist and Slava’s Snow Show, both non-dialogue pieces, and I can attest that he’s definitely right on that. His other points are …

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[9 Jan 2012 | No Comment | 1,892 views]
Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal”


I was reminded of this piece of writing recently when speaking with some friends. It’s a brilliant piece. We studied it at A-level and, despite that being aaaages ago, I remember it very clearly.
Our excellent teacher used it to introduce the concept of satire. Actually if I’m not wrong – and Marie will correct me – he also played the Beautiful South in class to demonstrate contemporary satire, ha ha.
I’m not gonna say much about it, the writer is Jonathan Swift, so he’s fairly proven and there …