Books often have a time and a place in life. With the Gruffalo, it was winter evenings when our two sons were much younger. (Now they have evolved from the Gruffalo to merely gruff.) Winters in Austria arrive with a capital W. Temperatures below … [Read more...] about My other favourite books: #3 The Gruffalo
Everything from early-morning thoughts to late-night questions, with a small break for afternoon tea and cake.
Persuasion? Blasphemy! Stay behind after class, Mark, and write 100 times on the blackboard: I will not disrespect Mr Darcy. I will not disrespect Mr Darcy So, of all the Jane Austen novels, why is this one my favourite? Well, why not? Pride and … [Read more...] about My other favourite books: #2 Persuasion
Terry Pratchett's Discworld books always leave me like an apprentice decorator in the Sistine Chapel. I stare sadly at my paint roller and a bucket of "Daffodil White" emulsion, knowing I will never get close to that level of quality. Wit, wisdom, … [Read more...] about My other favourite books: #1 The Discworld novels
With thanks to my sons Michael and Patrick for water management and camera operation. And to Mrs B for keeping her laughter under control. Video on Facebook Video on Twitter Visit Chawton House Library to learn about this important literary … [Read more...] about The Darcy Proposal #TheDarcyLook
It's a question I get asked a lot. Which is odd, because it's not as if Ms Austen is undiscovered or underrated. Nobody ever thinks to ask why I like novels by Terry Pratchett or Mark Lawrence. Or football. Or twiglets. Or even Poldark. … [Read more...] about Why do you like Jane Austen?
Novels don't write themselves (yet), and there's never enough time. Not with kids, a job, housework and, um, football to watch. Which is where National Novel Writing Month comes in - you commit to producing 50,000 words in November. Coming from the … [Read more...] about 10 lessons from writing 50,000 words in a month