I don’t often write poetry but if I’m ever going to September seems to be the month for it. This … More OUR MOON
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So have you heard? Netflix are doing a new version of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. There are going to … More DU MAURIER’S REBECCA
To speak like a … In a … To speak like a mouse in a cheese: To speak faintly or … More HISTORICAL SLANG #4
Before lock down I did a few blogs on historical slang, so here we go again. This one is mid … More HISTORICAL SLANG#3
BADGER-LEGGED: To have one leg shorter than the other. Colloquial from about 1700. Coming from the erroneous belief that a … More HISTORICAL SLANG: BADGER-LEGGED
This is a fantastic book. Perfect to read if you’ve been to see the recent film and want to find … More BOOK REVIEW: The Story of #LittleWomen by @AnneBoydRioux
I’m going to concentrate on self-criticism because in my experience the most tricky part of editing is managing your mind. … More SO YOU’RE EDITING aka TAMING THE TIGER.
A very common piece of advice for writers is to put their first draft in a drawer and wait. I’ve … More So now you’ve got a first draft …
I’ve been thinking about Prime Ministers recently and thought you might have been too. So here’s a handy list of … More PAST PRIME MINISTERS
There comes a point in every published writer’s life when they receive a questionnaire from their publisher’s publicity/sales department. And … More The Question Every Writer Hates…
The reading and judging for the Historical Writers’ Association Gold Crown for Fiction 2019 is pretty much over now. I … More BACK FROM THE DEAD & PRIDE MONTH
I am currently judging a book prize that unsurprisingly involves reading a great many books. In fact I haven’t read … More READING, MOTHS AND WISTERIA …
Have you been watching? Have you given up hope? Are you marching on Saturday? Do you just want it all … More CLEAR THE LOBBY!
Every morning on the way to work I pass a cafe which is called Truth. Each time, I peer inside … More THE TRUTH CAFE, BITUMEN MODIFIER AND SNOW…
Another day in the bookshop. Well, the Elvis books haven’t gone anywhere. I’m in the back of the shop where … More KOALAS, ANARCHISTS AND DISRAELI…
On the way to work I’m greeted by a flattened wreath and bundles of Christmas trees all grouped together on … More JANUARY BLUES IN THE BOOKSHOP
On the top of the bus on the way to work scanning the world going by I have a strange … More NEW YEAR IN THE BOOKSHOP
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas. Thank you so much to all those who follow, comment on and … More HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Christmas is coming. Have you noticed? So, in the shop along with the books we have Christmas cards and gifts … More CHRISTMAS TALES OF THE BOOK TRADE
I was going to begin this post with the line: Emerson seems to have finally deserted me. But then just … More REVIEW: EXPOSURE by OLIVIA SUDJIC
When I said last week that nothing dates faster than a political book that wasn’t strictly true. Nothing dates faster … More NOT MORE TALES FROM THE BOOK TRADE?
Those of you who have been with me from the beginning with these Tales of the Book Trade posts will … More TALES FROM THE BOOK TRADE AGAIN
My favourite book came into the shop this week in a hard back version I’d never seen before. It’s called … More EXTRA TALES FROM THE BOOK TRADE
In the course of sorting through my books I discovered I actually own a book by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Good … More SIGNIFICANT TALES FROM THE BOOK TRADE
Since receiving my royalty statement I have been re-reading The Writer’s Book of Hope by Ralph Keyes. It’s really good. … More FURTHER TALES OF THE BOOK TRADE