Category Weekend Bookshelf

Weekend Bookshelf: Blossom, no books

As my friends in Sydney would say, this week’s been ‘a shocker’. It was one hit after another but the biggest shock was the vet diagnosing my dog with diabetes. She already has cancer and I was hoping that would be it. Today was my first day of injecting her with insulin, rising at 5am to […]

Weekend Bookshelf: Desmond and a ‘World of Art’

Introducing Desmond!  This little pottery dragon has sat on every desk I’ve ever worked at from my GCSEs to my PhD and continues to occupy a small corner, overseeing matters.  I can’t remember how I ended up with a dragon.  I’m not Welsh. I don’t have a particular propensity for the mythical animal and I […]

Weekend Bookshelf: Picking up Christmas

Last weekend was Mum’s birthday, so family descended on the house we grew up in for train trips and dinners and walks. I left on Tuesday having collected, among other things, five of the six books shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize that my sister gave me for Christmas (well trained girl!).  Jhumpa Lahiri’s The […]

(Almost) Weekend Bookshelf: World Book Day

Other than those by Günter Grass (Even bad books are books and therefore sacred) and Groucho Marx (Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read), I’m useless at remembering quotes.  So I can’t tell you who once remarked that having more books on a […]

Holiday Bookshelf: It’s (almost) all about London

With the new year comes the professional/personal stocktake.  Assessment of those elements of your life you’re not happy with and the construction of hopeful solutions.  My bugbear is location.  If I could live anywhere tomorrow it would be Sydney, Washington DC or San Francisco, in that order, but I can’t. So London it is. My […]

Weekend Bookshelf: (Not) All Work

Weekend Bookshelf Having had two weeks of a sick dog, being ill myself and prepping to move house, this weekend is about catching up on work. That might sound a miserable option but after not being able to do much I’m excited to get back to it. 1. Thomas Hardy – Two on a Tower 2. […]

Weekend Bookshelf – All About the Kids

Weekend Bookshelf It was an impromptu long weekend with my sister and her family and so the usual reading material, and the weekend papers, were replaced with picture books and creative tasks (and I didn’t switch my laptop on once!!). 1. Geoff Waring – Oscar and the Bat. A Book about Sound 2. Geoff Waring – Oscar and […]

Weekend Bookshelf – Reduce and Recycle, and Glittering Comfort

The Weekend Bookshelf With an impending house move comes a reassessment of everything I have accumulated.  So with recycling day on Tuesday next week, my first edit is paper based.  As a researcher and writer, establishing a substantial personal library is the perfect excuse for collecting masses of irrelevant documents ‘just in case’! Outdated editions […]

Weekend Bookshelf – Food and design, mostly

The Weekend Bookshelf In an attempt to not spend all weekend attached to the laptop working, this weekend’s reading comprises food and design and some wise words from Margaret Atwood. 1.  Margaret Atwood – Negotiating with the Dead. A Writer on Writing 2. Monocle 3. Elle Decoration (UK) 4. Mark Hix – Fish etc 5. […]