Tag Archives: Books

Pic of the day: My kind of room

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My definition of ‘literary novel’

Literary novel: a book which 200 (sometimes 2 dozen) people read and end up not liking, and which is forever after worthless on the secondhand market. [Exceptions to this rule constitute approximately 0.00001% of literary novels.]

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The perfect staircase is a staircase full of books!

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The world’s greatest thriller writer, Deon Meyer, talks about South Africa, series detectives and ‘7 Days’

South African thriller writer Deon Meyer on storytelling, credibility and how crime fiction relates to society I mostly follow the dictum “conflict is the mother of suspense”, so I’ll be looking at as many sources of conflict for the protagonists … Continue reading

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Photograph of the day: A beautiful book by Hudson Taylor from the great age of British overseas missions

‘China’s Millions’ by J. Hudson Taylor (editor), London: Morgan & Scott, 1885

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Writers’ quote of the day: George Orwell on the sheer unpleasantness of writing a book

‘Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.  One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.’ ~ George … Continue reading

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Darrell Dow on fundamentalists, books and reading

Fundamentalists and books This isn’t to say that fundies don’t like books.  Quite the opposite, I’ve never been in a fundamentalist pastor’s office that wasn’t crammed with books from top to bottom.  Many fundamentalist houses have hundreds if not thousands … Continue reading

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Photograph of the day: Karl Lagerfeld’s impractical, artsy-fartsy bookshelves

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