Monthly Archives: December 2017

Reflections on a year of reading less

I’ve read a total of 50 books this year, 51 if you count the Tao te Ching (and somehow I never do); it’s still a lot, perhaps more than most read, but as a life-long bibliophile, and obsessive-compulsive book hoarder … Continue reading

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Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“I believe that true identity is found, as Eckhart once said, by ‘going into one’s own ground and knowing oneself.’ It is found in creative activity springing from within. It is found, paradoxically, when one loses oneself. One must lose … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Babylon by Richard Brautigan

I was searching for a gift for a friend in my local branch of Waterstones when I noticed the shiny new versions of Richard Brautigan’s books, gorgeously packaged by Canongate, looking shiny and new and very impressive on the shelf. … Continue reading

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Women and Power by Mary Beard

I am a great admirer of Mary Beard, I love how she is so willing to take on the Twitter trolls with humour and aplomb. I’ve seen her present tv programmes on the BBC and she’s engaging, generous and interesting. … Continue reading

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Mokusei! A Love Story by Cees Nooteboom (translated by Adrienne Dixon)

I have never really been able to explain what it is that I love about the work of Cees Nooteboom, it falls into the genre of those things which evoke an inexplicable feeling, something so nebulous and delicate that I … Continue reading

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