Author Archives: wordsandpictures2016

Pant-wetting excitements for 2020

A the year draws full circle, I can’t help but look forward to see what pant-wetting excitements we have lined up for next year Ali Smith – Summer Of course, in July we have the final volume of Ali Smith’s ‘seasons’ … Continue reading

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Beautiful Books 8

or, You can (sometimes!) judge a book by its cover… Is this the most beautiful book cover of 2019? ‘Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing’ by John Boughton is certainly important bringing, as it does, a reminder … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Some odd choices this week. First up is We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff by Isabel Waidner. Shortlisted for the Goldsmith’s Prize for experimental fiction. This slim novel, set on the Isle of Wight, ‘collides literary aesthetics with contemporary working … Continue reading

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Music Time: Marine Girls

On a cold winter’s evening, here are the Marine Girls with some summer sunshine.

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My favourite 20th Century books…

This is just a silly list of some of my favourite 20th century books: some are seen as ‘important’, some as ‘classics’ but what binds them together is that over the years I have gained so much enjoyment and stimulation … Continue reading

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Starve Acre – Andrew Michael Hurley

Starve Acre is a novel wrapped in a woodcut which might, to the casual shopper, suggest some sort of heart-warming tale of rural life, perhaps with a smidgen of mystery and adventure. Reader beware: this great novel might lure the … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Two beautiful books for my birthday. Firstly, ‘Voyaging Out: British Women Artists from Suffrage to the Sixties by Carolyn Grant. Published by Thames and Hudson, this is one of their typically luxurious products, packed with achingly gorgeous reproductions and thick, … Continue reading

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