Windham Campbell Prizes: The Art of the Essay

Windham Campbell Prizes have kindly made available a recent 'Art of the Essay' panel discussion, recorded at their 2015 Festival, featuring three leading contemporary essayists (and two of my favourites). The discussion between Anne Fadiman, John … [Read more...]

‘Collecting Nature’ by Anne Fadiman

Story Title: 'Collecting Nature' by Anne Fadiman. Source: At Large and At Small (Allen Lane) Date Read: 25th January 2011 Afterthoughts: In this somewhat lengthy essay, Fadiman takes the reader into the world of childhood entomology, where in her … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: At Large and At Small by Anne Fadiman

Anyone who has read Anne Fadiman's debut essay collection Ex Libris (Allen Lane), will know what a great essayist she is. The collection, which pays homage to Fadiman’s love of the printed word, is beautifully penned and the reader is left in no … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Wonderful as wallpaper!

Wonderful as wallpaper!, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. I remember being around on Twitter last week when Sceptre Books revealed the cover art for David Mitchell's eagerly anticipated latest novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: The Perilous Presence of Pencils

The Perilous Presence of Pencils, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. The purpose of today's bookshot isn't so much to showcase one of my latest reads - The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe (Allen Lane) - as to … [Read more...]

Fuelling my love for books with books about books

You'll remember before Christmas I pointed you to librarian Leah Smith's Books about... Books! reading list over at Flashlight Worthy? You may even remember in the same post I spoke about two titles in Leah's list that really took my fancy i.e. Ex … [Read more...]