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Posts added in April 2010

The Future of Books and Publishing

Richard Nash talks about book publishing: Basically, the best-selling five hundred books each year will likely be published much like Little Brown publishes James Patterson, on a TV production model, or like Scholastic did Harry Potter and Doubleday Dan Brown, on a big Hollywood blockbuster model. The rest will be published by niche social publishing […]

Of Pageants and Picnics

Part of the Pocket Penguin Series, the 57 pages in this book are culled from a number of different volumes by Elizabeth David. She brings colour and life to whatever she describes. Most of the content of this book is concerned with the food and markets of France, but the following is taken from a […]

Everthorpe Prison

To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today. Albert Camus Thanks to English Pen, I gave a reading in the library at Everthorpe Prison last […]

Amulet by Roberto Bolaño

He always has something interesting to say: The narrator of Amulet is a woman, Auxilio Lacouture, the Mother of Mexican Poetry: I started thinking about the teeth I had lost, although at the time, in September 1968, I still had all my teeth, which is odd, to say the least, even on reflection. Nevertheless I […]

The Comedy of Errors

“I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me…” We were at the Royal Exchange in Manchester to see Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors directed by Roxana Silbert. Some years ago, Egeon, his wife Aemilia, their twin sons and twin servants were shipwrecked. Egeon, one son and one servant were separated from the rest and […]