Screw April; February is the real Cruelest Month February heard me telling it to sod off. It’s only the 10th, and it’s already wiped the floor with my pasty arse. Hell, so far all of 2018 hates my guts. Yes, I said I wanted an exciting year. But my definition of “exciting” is… Read More Early February check in: Spark & Shelley & Bowie (and abject misery)
“Why does the writing make us chase the writer? Why can’t we leave well enough alone? Why aren’t the books enough?” – Julian Barnes ** Yesterday I worked selling books on behalf of the library where I work. Our tent was set up at a local festival featuring food, drink, art and handicrafts, that sort… Read More Why can’t we leave writers alone?
Novelist, essayist, Booker Prize winner and all around genius writer Julian Barnes published this tiny essay for charity. I found out about it and was able to buy a copy from ‘cross the pond. It’s about what a little book weevil Barnes is, how he’s been collecting since he was a very young man and… Read More a life in books by julian barnes
THE MAN… THE MYTH… THE MAN BOOKER WINNER 2011 PHOTO BY RICHARD SAKER And I called it here. That is, Sebastian Barry and I did. That's SEBASTIAN BARRY. And I. (Allow her a moment of fantasized grandeur, will you?)
Banned Books Week 2011 has been and gone. My Booker Shortlist read has stalled, and besides, I promised Sebastian Barry (swoon) I'm putting all my karma on a Julian Barnes win. So I'm calling it: Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending. Never lie to an Irishman. Especially when it comes to… Read More Sunday Salon: October 9, 2011 Edition
Will be the Man Booker winner for Barnes? Express.co.uk: Quote: "The Sense of an Ending is spare in its telling with not a word wasted on its 150 pages, but so much is packed in. By the time one reaches the end, it is not just the novel but the title itself that inspires the… Read More Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending reviews
You'll have heard by now a sharp rap, followed by a series of dull thuds. The first was my chin hitting the table. The second, my head banging the wall. Mere minutes ago I turned the last page of Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending,' a book so gorgeous I am sitting… Read More The Sunday Salon – August 14, 2011: Nervous Breakdown Edition