Author Archives: wordsandpictures2016

Music Time: Saint Etienne

Summer’s here, so who better than Saint Etienne, the best band in all the world! And… I’ve finally(!) finalised my holiday reading (I am a natural ditherer): So, alongside Merce Rodereda and Elizabeth David which I wrote about earlier, I’ve … Continue reading

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The Psychometry of Tony Warren. Part Two

I love books. I love the feeling of a book in your hand, the heft of the pages, the beauty of a cover. Even more I love a first edition, a signed first edition if you please. Why? Does it … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading

It’s a cold and wet and dark day in Manchester so my thoughts, naturally, turn to my upcoming holiday in Mallorca and what books to take. (And yes, the postcard above is from the place I’m going to!) I LOVE … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Firstly, ‘See What I Have Done’ by Sarah Schmidt. Based around the tale of Lizzie Borden, the American murderer. For some reason, I feel drawn to murder and mayhem these days…can’t think why. A while ago I wrote about Maggie … Continue reading

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‘Reservoir 13’ Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor’s fourth novel present us with a panoramic presentation of life in the here and now. It is a stylistic dream, emersing the reader in what is the literary equivalent of 3D cinema. It is soap opera (not a dirty phrase in … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

First another beautiful puffin, ‘Starlight’ by H Mortimer Batten: Second is Benjamin Myer’s ‘The Gallows Pole’. A while ago I read and enjoyed Benjamin Myer’s gripping ‘Beastings‘ – I hope this is just as gripping and should be even more … Continue reading

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‘Her Kind’ Anne Sexton

After the recent references to witches in ‘The Witch Finder’s Sister’ and ‘Little Deaths’, I came across this poem, ‘Her Kind’ by Anne Sexton which I thought I’d share with you. I have gone out, a possessed witch, haunting the black … Continue reading

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