Literary Linking #9


Some reading and inspiration from the virtual world for you:

Spotlight on bloggers:

Literary Linking #8


A bumper crop of links because I’ve been storing them up. An early Christmas present perhaps?


Literary linking #7


You know that image of the spinning plates? Well, that. Almost constantly. It’s not wholly negative, I should add, because out of the busyness is a great deal of satisfaction at getting back to (part-time) editing work while caring for a one-year-old and feeling a little of my old, functional, non-nursery-rhyme-singing self emerge from the baby fog.

However, I have been wondering lately whether there might just be a couple of broken plates that I haven’t looked too closely at yet.

Ah well. I’m managing to find time to read the odd book! And my little girl turned one on Wednesday, which is bonkers, but was a wonderful opportunity to buy a lot of books for her library. I feel a post on my picks for classic children’s books might be brewing…

Some literary links ahead of the weekend.

Literary linking – a special edition


The removals men are in as I type and my breath is bated in anticipation of picking up the keys to the new house tomorrow. After 7 long months I’m so looking forward to a little bit of normality. And some more books! Annoyingly I had to return a batch of library books with a couple only part read so I’ll be joining the Worcestershire libraries post haste in order to crack on with Mary Wesley’s A Sensible Life and Amy Sackville’s Orkney.

A slightly unusual Literary Linking today in honour of the power of words to offer balm, comfort, inspiration, counsel & wisdom at just the right moment. My tiny world has been unusually tumultuous for a little while now and the wider world has felt darker and scarier over these last few weeks. It’s at times like these that I’m so grateful for the power of words and the voices that find you when you’re most in need. Two writers’ words have recently been offering more than the usual solace and I wanted to give them a little shout out here. I hesitate to prescribe that anything ‘must’ be read but I feel that these are exceptions.

  1. Linked here before, Victoria over at Tales from the Reading Room is one of the most reasoned, intelligent and level-headed writers I’ve ever encountered. Her recent pieces on Brexit and the moral morass of our contemporary society made me feel hopeful that we weren’t all doomed after all. Not while such counterbalance exists anyway. I did that dreadful thing whereby I made people I know and love read these pieces while hovering over them making ‘You see???’ eyes. I know they were grateful for it…
  2. A new discovery is writer, artist and editor Terri Windling’s blog Myth & Moor, which I’ve been binge-reading recently. Two pieces that really resonated were this piece on the subtleties of re-reading and this piece on the language of moving.

Thank you ladies for the words.

Literary Linking #5


As a way of easing into 2016 (I’m currently ignoring the fact that it’s already – somehow – the 17th January), here are some literary oddments picked up online:

  1. I loved this list from The Toast, first spotted over on Cornflower Books (where many of the best things can be found).
  2. Some of Virginia Woolf’s works are now available on Project Gutenberg.
  3. If you’re of a mind to look back over 2015, the Guardian published a good list of the best titles brought out last year (in their opinion, of course – anyone have any thoughts on books they might have missed?).
  4. If you’re still umming and aahing over 2016 resolutions (or have already attempted some only to crash and burn), then One Little Word might be for you. I’ve found this a really helpful approach in previous years when I’m looking for direction, rather than a long list of impossible goals.
  5. For laughs aplenty, a blog to follow: Hark, a vagrant

Literary linking #4


It’s World Book Day tomorrow, so here’s some book-themed literary linkings for you:

  1. Thanks to Helen at a gallimaufry – a long-time favourite bookish blog – I was reminded that’s time for the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year. If you’re interested, my vote went to “Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love Them”
  2. A long-lost Dr Seuss book – What Pet Should I Get – is due for release on the 28th July. Oh The Places You Will Go was read at my wedding by my lovely mum-in-law in one of our surprise readings.
  3. It turns out literary jobs are the most desirable
  4. The Folio Prize shortlist is out and there’s a couple of contenders on my TBR list. Interestingly, they also announced, for the first time, the books they considered that didn’t make the cut. I wonder how Martin Amis, Sarah Waters, Peter Carey and Richard Flanagan feel about that?
  5. Which of these 25 Greatest Homes in Literature is your top choice? I’m  “Manderley” all the way (with Misselthwaite Manor from The Secret Garden a close second).

Literary linking #3


  1. The news that Harper Lee is to bring out a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird 55 years after the publication of her Pulitzer-prize winning debut has set bibliophiles a-buzzing. Go Set a Watchman will be released in the summer, I think.
  2. It appears that James Joyce’s Ulysses played havoc with the mind of great thinker and psychologist Carl Jung, as evidenced by this beautifully-put letter from the one to the other. I’ve never read Ulysses and long ago decided it probably wasn’t for me, for a whole host of reasons (although mostly just too many books, too little time). Now I’m quite sure.
  3. Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk has been named Costa book of the year. Sometimes it feels as if books follow me around. It’s hardly surprising that a book as widely acclaimed as this has been so prominently displayed in every bookshop I’ve been into over the last few months, but I seem predisposed to notice it above many other books. So I’m going to take that as a sign and finally get around to reading it this year.
  4. I’m all for a heated literary debate. But I think this is going too far…
  5. I recently stumbled on this piece of news from late last year, an article detailing Michel Faber’s plans to stop writing novels after the death of his wife. It’s so terribly sad. I had wanted to read The Book of Strange New Things but I didn’t know much about it and now I’m a little afraid to. I’m not sure I could handle a grief that raw.