Category Archives: books

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” Ray Bradbury

My love affair with libraries started more than 35 years ago when my parents first took me to our local library and registered me there. To a child who read voraciously this was a gift that kept on giving. To … Continue reading

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Pretty iconic? Pretty great!

Hands up, I don’t tend to read beauty books, beauty blog posts, in fact anything about beauty (although I am a fan of India Knight’s beauty articles for The Sunday Times’ Style magazine). However, this book was recommended to me … Continue reading

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The Loney: Andrew Michael Hurley

  Award-winning author, Andrew Michael Hurley, spoke with Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, at the Gothic Manchester Festival 2016: The Gothic North, in the marvellously appropriate Historic Reading Room at The John Rylands Library to a full house yesterday evening. This engaging conversation covered … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? The Shakespeare Authorship Conference, Manchester 2016

Every now and then I like to indulge my inner nerd and go to some sort of literary panel discussion or conference. So at the weekend I went to the Shakespeare Authorship Conference, held at the Manchester Central Library. I … Continue reading

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Book review: Sophie and the Sybil

A wonderfully engaging, erudite and quite frankly, fun, novel about George Eliot. Written in the style of a Victorian romance, this is a literary romp through the later years of George Eliot’s career and her relationship with her German publishers, … Continue reading

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Book review: Wake by Elizabeth Knox

And swiftly on the back of reading Wake by Anna Hope, I decided to confuse the issue by reading another book called Wake, this time by Elizabeth Knox. I read Knox’s The Vintner’s Luck years ago and loved it so … Continue reading

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Book review: Wake by Anna Hope

Set in post-WWI England, many people want to forget what has gone before and yet, for many, this is not possible. Parents have lost their sons, wives their husbands, siblings their brothers. For those who have come back, even if they … Continue reading

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