"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction"Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, 1929 When Virginia Woolf wrote those words, she was referring to the specific condition of being a female writer. But outside of those specific intricacies, the need for a space to write... Continue Reading →
Light and Literature – Stourhead Library
(Pre-lockdown visit m'kay) This will probably come as a surprise to absolutely no-one, but my favourite part of any big, old house is the library. Frankly, a grand house without a library is just a waste of time. Stourhead in Wiltshire contains one of my favourite grand house libraries. It's a gorgeously light and airy... Continue Reading →
Where’s this jacket from? The V&A of course!
Apparently you can buy fancy jackets for books. I did not know this until I spotted this little chap in a charity shop. For the princely sum of £2 I got a snazzy new jacket for one of my books. One problem - which of my lovely babies gets a new look? I sense a... Continue Reading →
One of the earliest posts I did was ab0ut my five favourite books. The list varies depending on my mood but one that’s always there is Microserfs by Douglas Coupland. I call it my comfort book. I read it when I’m down or ill. Not all of it, sometimes just a chapter or two where... Continue Reading →
Bookish Book Bag Bargain
Trying saying that three times fast! I just had to share with you this squee inducing find (yes I said squee) I discovered at the weekend. I have coveted many a bag from Paperchase but their prices can be a bit steep, so I couldn't believe my book loving eyes when I saw this in... Continue Reading →
Following Harry Potter – A Visit to Lacock Abbey
A while back I visited Lacock Abbey. Now yes it is well known as the place where William Talbot made the earliest known surviving example of a photographic negative in 1835 but more importantly, they filmed scenes from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Half-Blood Prince there. There are also a number of... Continue Reading →
What’s in your bookcase?
I adore bookcases. Well, show me a writer who doesn't? They are my favourite pieces of furniture and needless to say libraries both big and small invariably send me to my happy place. One day I'm going to have a room covered with floor to ceiling bookcases and one of those wee ladders that rolls... Continue Reading →