Tuesday, 25 August 2009

More Waterstones author recommendations

Both good selections; lots ot explore:

Sebastian Faulks - includes Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, George MacDonald Fraser (his WWII memoir, which I'd never heard of, and looks great), Anne Tyler and Emile Zola

Kate Atkinson - includes Tim Winton, Angela Carter, Lewis Carroll, Ford Maddox Ford, and Henry James.


Next Meeting - The Turn of The Screw by Henry James

This Wednesday, 26th, at 7.30pm for 8pm at The Bread and Roses, Clapham Manor Street, SW4

Map here.

Hopefully the weather will hold out and we'll be able to sit in the garden.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Short stories on twitter

I love this challenge, issued as part of the West Port Book Festival - write a short story in under 140 characters.

Some lovely examples here (can take a while to load)

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Tory MPs' summer reading lists

An interesting list published by The Times, showing which bookd David Cameron has recommended Conservative MPs read over the summer break. It's a pretty solid political list, but also with lots about the conflict in Iraq. I can't find lists for the other parties; not sure if they produce or publish them.

Here's the first twelve:

Terror and Consent: The War for the Twenty-First Century, Philip Bobbitt
Tony’s Ten Years: Memories of the Blair Administration, Adam Boulton

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert Cialdini
Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq, Patrick Cockburn

Empires of the Sea: The Final Battle for the Mediterranean 1521-1580, Roger Crowley

Boris v Ken: How Boris Johnson Won London, Giles Edwards and Jonathan Isaby

Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan will Shape our Next Decade, Bill Emmott

Munich: The 1938 Appeasement Crisis, David Faber
A Million Bullets: The Real Diary of the British Army in Afghanistan, James Fergusson
A Political Suicide: The Conservatives’ Voyage into the Wilderness, Norman Fowler

A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East, Laurence Freedman

Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World, Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart

List continues here.

Influence: The Psycology of Persuasion looks quite interesting, despite the self-help style cover.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

The Hills Are Stuffed With Swedish Girls

We've been sent info on this book by a very kind publisher. Sounds intriguing, and they've made a great site for it, with free pages to download. I'll read it and report back...

Note to publishers - we're always open to hearing about books, and other forms of inspiration!