How sad we are to hear of the sudden death of John Clarke. It seems impossible that this brilliant scallywag, someone who found life endlessly interesting and entertaining, just isn’t with us any more. It’s as if you woke up to hear there won’t be any more weather. There’s no public figure in Australia, none, who could be more of a loss to us. He is irreplaceable.
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Gert was delighted to see that Nan Shepherd is on the new Scottish £5 note.
Continue reading Nan Shepherd on the Scottish £5 note
Aspiring writers, are you bemused, befuddled, begloomed by all the conflicting advice given by the pros? Take John Barth’s advice instead:
Continue reading Take my advice – no, don’t
Aspiring writers longing for a national book tour should read this hilarious account by Cynthia Ozick in the New York Times:
Continue reading Cynthia Ozick, Cinderella of the book tour
On Saturday it will be 400 years since since the death of Shakespeare. Here’s one of our favourite sonnets:
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Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street Series started life as a serial in 2004 in The Scotsman newspaper. There are ten books in this series, and they are an ongoing project for which McCall Smith, like Dickens before him, writes one thousand words a day. In 2005 Polygon Books began to publish these stories in book form. The Revolving Door of Life is the latest book from this series.
Continue reading The Revolving Door of Life, Alexander McCall Smith