Dickens In The Other Room

No less a person than Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has called 2015 ‘The Year Of Books’. And who are mere mortals and non-billionaires to argue with that? We are honoured to have him on board. Welcome, Mark. Who knows what all those other years were for? Who cares? Anyway, in the next 12 months the masterplan from the secret mountain…

Purchasing from Independent Bookshops: A User’s Guide

So, 2013 was The Year Of Buying No Books. It is time to ask, as Jerry Springer, might say: ‘What have we learned?’ First of all, I learned that I have a number of wonderful books on my shelves. I learned that The Great Gatsby really is still great, that it is possible to read Keri Hulme’s…

The year of buying no books

‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’ Kurt Vonnegut. Everything that follows is about books. Books read and unread – and in fact it is the unread ones which have been the catalyst. It is their fault, not mine. I always thought that I have enough books – on bookshelves and stacked on the floor  – to last a…