Books, Glorious Books!


I cannot live without books.

~ Thomas Jefferson

I mentioned in my last reading review post that I was looking forward to attending several events at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.  What a bibliographic feast!

I love the atmosphere at this festival.  It is peaceful and calm, yet humming under the surface with anticipation, enjoyment and wonder at all the riches which the literary world has to offer.

I attended four events:  a recording of the BBC’s Open Book programme, hosted by Mariella Frostrup and written about in this post;  and author events with Lionel Shriver, Jessie Burton and Susan Fletcher, and Tom Gauld.

They were all wonderful, in very different ways.  Lionel Shriver spoken incisively, intelligently and comprehensively about her fears for western society in the short and medium future, building on the theme of her latest book The Mandibles.  Jessie Burton and Susan Fletcher compared notes about art, celebrity and identity when discussing their books The Muse and Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew.  Tom Gauld was fascinatingly fulsome in sharing a range of images which inspired his book Mooncop, along with thoughts on the process of developing a graphic novel.

He was also very generous with his time and skill when it came to the book signing session.  He drew a small picture for each person.  Here is mine.


I cannot tell you how much pleasure this gives me.  Mr Gauld was prepared to have a proper discussion with me about how to develop a love for graphic novels, the colours chosen for his book and the clever conveying of emotion with just a few strokes of the pen.  Fabulous!  I am already looking forward to next year’s festival. 🙂


What did I read in May?


May turned out to be a reading-tastic month.  I finished seven books, all very distinct, but with a single theme – they were captivating.  Result!  Isn’t it such a pleasure to be reading a book which you cannot put down, or which stays with you when you are not reading.

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March’s Reading Round Up

Sleep is good, he said, and books are better ~ George R R Martin
Sleep is good, he said, and books are better ~ George R R Martin

I’m a bit late with my regular post about last month’s reading results.  But hey – life has been leaping a bit over the last few days and I figured that you guys would not mind too much about my getting a bit behind.

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“The Trouble Is….

….You Think You Have Time”

This quote is often attributed to The Buddha.  But as this article highlights, it is actually an interpretation of The Buddha’s teachings, perhaps derived from a quote by Carlos Castanena.

In any event, it is the perfect sub-heading for Lionel Shriver’s book So Much For That.

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