Six Degrees of Separation: from The Poisonwood Bible to …

This month’s Six Degrees has come around again already.  Hosted every month by Kate at books are my favourite and best, we each begin with the same starter book and link a further six books to make a chain.  Each book only needs to link to the one immediately before it though invariably my books link together in more ways than one.  I never have any idea where my chain will lead me and am frequently surprised when I reach the end to find links and themes that weren’t apparent to me as I went along.  This month is no exception and indeed, has turned my Six Degrees into something more. Continue reading “Six Degrees of Separation: from The Poisonwood Bible to …”

Dungeness: dropped from the back of a lorry

This was once a lonely, forgotten place and people who came here did so because they wanted the lifestyle that went with it: private and elemental

Under the looming geometry of the power station, small shacks were dotted about untidily, as if they’d been dropped accidentally from the back of a lorry.  In recent years, the millionaires had arrived.  Some huts had been rebuilt as luxury houses with big glass doors and shiny flues.  Others still looked like they were made from scraps pilfered from a tip.

The Birdwatcher (William Shaw) Continue reading “Dungeness: dropped from the back of a lorry”

My Blog’s Name in Books

I am away this week – where the internet will be rationed.  (Sharp intake of breath.)  This means that finishing the run of posts that I’ve been tinkering with, which date back to a trip made in February (yes – don’t judge me) will have to wait a bit longer.  It also means that I can plug the gap with posts that I seem able to produce more quickly.  What is it about book-related memes?  I just can’t resist… Continue reading “My Blog’s Name in Books”

The View from Here: on an afternoon in April

The view from here on this soft and mellow April afternoon has been filled with small and simple joys

We have sunshine.  I took a longer walk than usual, striding along the top road with the warm wind in my hair, skylarks singing in the heavens and solitary seagulls hanging at jaunty angles against the clear blue sky.  I checked the wires for newcomers.  The wires were empty.  Soon, I thought.

Soon. Continue reading “The View from Here: on an afternoon in April”

Six Degrees of Separation: from Memoirs of a Geisha to …

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and this month’s Six Degrees of Separation caught me by surprise.  Hosted every month by Kate at books are my favourite and best, we each begin with the same starter book and link a further 6 books to make a chain.  Each book only needs to link to the one immediately before it.  Being late to the party this month, I managed to resist reading any other chains until I’d got my own links in place.  Continue reading “Six Degrees of Separation: from Memoirs of a Geisha to …”

My Third Classics Club Spin

2nd March

On March 1st the latest Classics Club spin was announced.  This will be spin number 17 for the club and my third.  It’s a year since I last participated – in part because it took me almost all that time (with gaps) to read my last spin choice, which was J. B. Priestley’s The Good Companions.  That book finally finished (though not yet reviewed – no great surprise there), I’m ready for the next spin.  Details of how it works can be found here. Continue reading “My Third Classics Club Spin”