Leo Tolstoy or Lee Child?

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I saw Jerusalem last week. It was 3 hours long, some of the country folk a little generic, but fabulous. Then I went to a night out at the new Bush Theatre. It was smaller, less hyped, but in its own way just as wonderful. Both were a relief. Recently, I have found bookshops, music and the like harder and … Read More

Life in a day

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Here was the initial idea. Life In A Day is a historic global experiment to create a user-generated feature film shot in a single day. On July 24, you have 24 hours to capture a glimpse of your life on camera. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into a feature film, produced by Ridley Scott and directed … Read More

Guardian’s Crossword Blog

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Just subscribed to this. I get to use it in a sentence near a hedge.) Our interest here is not worthy slogging or slaving but the pleasure of solving: the culture of crosswords; the tactical experience; the feelings of frustration, fancy and fun. If you’re an interested newcomer, the blog is here to hold your hand; more obsessed solvers might … Read More

Kindle on holiday

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I was given a Kindle for my birthday. And I loved it. I took it on holiday to Sicily. And I loved how much lighter my bags were without all those holiday books. Heaven. The screen bust. And now, bookless, I have to trawl those English bookshops which only seem to sell dog-eared Danielle Steel and Dan Brown. Hell. The … Read More

Oxbow lakes

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I enjoyed learning at school for the most part. Geography was one of those exceptions. It is the only subject I ever fell asleep in. I do need to find out why oxbow lakes, glacial debris and the like made my eyelids droop so heavily, though. I’ve just discovered I am teaching it to 7 year olds. Specifically, they need … Read More

Books in Hospitals

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Am currently in a ward where many of us have had bowel operations. In the relatives waiting room, there is a fabulously appropriate book.

118 Brothers

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Overheard this snippet between two 8 year olds practising using the internet for research: “Do you know who ran the first four minute mile?” “Yes. I don’t need to look it up. It’s the 118 brothers”.