We need to talk about boys (and books)

We need to talk about boys (and books)

We are currently experiencing a social revolution in which women are standing up and refusing to tolerate the bad behaviour of certain men. It is happening in small towns where…

Forget neutral, my bookcase is going to be big, full and messy

Forget neutral, my bookcase is going to be big, full and messy

The interior design idea was offered up innocently enough.  “Lauren keeps the look neutral by stacking books back to front.” The Twittersphere responded with a tsunami of ridicule and scorn…

Do you like the same books as me? Talking books with kindred spirits

Do you like the same books as me? Talking books with kindred spirits

It is usually the bookshelf that gives it away. That was how I often discover that a new friend is not just good company, but also a bookish kindred spirit.…

My New Year’s resolution is to make more conscious book choices

My New Year’s resolution is to make more conscious book choices

In the past I have always taken a scatter gun approach to choosing books, picking up one at a second-hand stores, another at a Sunday market, and finding many on…

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

It is not hard to see why W.Somerset Maughan wrote The Painted Veil after he was inspired by a fascinating story he read while on vacation as a student. According…

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