Category Archives: books

Spirit of the Place

Writing can make you new friends in more ways than one. Recently I met novelist Dennis Hamley and discovered we had a number of interests in common, not the least of which was an admiration for A.S. Byatt and her … Continue reading

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Re-connections with Old Friends

Re-connections with Old Friends.

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Re-connections with Old Friends

An unexpected urge to search my bookshelves for old friends has recently taken hold, and I have found myself enthralled. How glad I am that we have, to a large extent, ignored advice from well-wishers to “send all those books … Continue reading

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My Favourite Book

My Favourite Book.

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These “quiet psychological novels”

I have just re-read Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger, which won the 1987 Booker Prize, and then her much later The Photograph (2007), because they are on my shelves and reading her is like chatting with an old friend. Ah yes, … Continue reading

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Must a writer be young?

I was 6 when decided to be a writer.  World War II was in full swing, and my father was away in the army, so I planned to cheer him up when he couldn’t be at home, by creating books … Continue reading

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