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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in February 2010

Winged with Death – The Audio Cover

Proposed cover image for the audio version of Winged with Death.

Unabridged audio by Isis Audio Books, read by Michael Tudor Barnes.

Publication details when available.

Disturbing the Peace by Richard Yates

The second chapter opens with a Kafkaesque scene: He woke up soaked with sweat, breathing stale and fetid air. A naked light bulb shone in his eyes and he found he was in a steel-framed bunk slung by chains from the wall, like a bunk in a troopship or a jail. “. . . Everybody […]

A Voice From The Book Trade

Over at The View From Here Magazine, Helen Miles talks about her experience of the book trade: I was quite unprepared for the bizarre practices that persist in the selling of a book. Apparently, I must set a price for our books (that must end with 99p, obviously) and then offer a whacking discount to […]

Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller

First published in 2003, Heller’s novel opens like this: 1st March 1998 The other night at dinner, Sheba talked about the first time that she and the Connolly boy kissed. I had heard most of it before, of course, there being few aspects of the Connolly business that Sheba has not described to me several […]

Remembering Howard Zinn

Historian and political activist Howard Zinn died of a heart attack on Wednesday in Santa Monica, California. He was 87 years old. “What does it take to bring a turnaround in social consciousness – from being a racist to being in favor of racial equality, from being in favor of Bush’s tax program to being […]