Tag Archives: Books

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 […]

Planning for 2014

I don’t usually make public my ambitions for the year,  I rarely inform my family, allowing me to wimp out or rescind on promises to myself.  However, a double bout of some virus carried by my gorgeous nieces had me half dead and reading other blogs, including Emily Henderson’s.  But this year feels different and hopefully […]

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 – 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 – 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. […]

The book that made me….

During a recent trip to my local Waterstone’s, I was greeted by a table laden with books with small annotated labels proclaiming them to be ‘the book that made me’.  It was a mixed collection of heart rendering tales of childhood woe, fictional works of international acclaim, celebrity auto/biographies, childhood favourites and poetry by auspicious […]