Moving four large bookcases. Trying to prevent our books from descending into chaos. 😊 πŸ“š

Mary Wollstonecraft finally honoured with statue after 200 years. πŸ”—

It shows a silvery naked everywoman figure emerging free and defiantly from a swirling mingle of female forms and, thanks to a 10-year slog of fundraising, is the world’s only memorial sculpture to a woman known as the β€œmother of feminism”

Mary Wollstonecraft Tate portrait

Currently reading: The Fire of Joy by Clive James πŸ“š

Currently reading: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman πŸ“š

Clive James: ‘The poems I remember are the milestones marking the journey of my life’ πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: What makes great poetry? An exclusive extract from the late critic’s final book The Fire of Joy celebrates the poems he loved most. πŸ“š

‘He returned to what he really was’: Clive James’s daughter on his poetic farewell πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: Ten months before his death last year at the age of 80, Clive James underwent an eight-hour operation to remove a tumour on his face. Already very frail – he had been suffering from leukaemia for a decade – afterwards it took him almost a week to emerge fully into consciousness.

Currently reading: Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present by Yanis Varoufakis πŸ“š

Currently reading: Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis πŸ“š

Currently reading: Bob Willis: A Cricketer and a Gentleman by Bob Willis and Mike Dickson πŸ“š

Finished reading: Matilda Infantry Tank 1938-45 by David Fletcher πŸ“š

Currently reading: The Periodic Table by Primo Levi πŸ“š

Chris Frantz: Remain in Love πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: David Byrne overwhelms the image of Talking Heads. With his herky-jerky mannerisms, loopy persona and arch lyrics – not to mention his command of the songwriting credits through much of their catalogue – he eclipsed the efforts of every other member of the band. πŸŽ΅πŸ“š

Currently reading: The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell πŸ“š

Currently reading: My Lord, What a Morning by Marian Anderson πŸ“š

Currently reading: The Book of Tokyo: A City In Short Fiction (Reading the City) edited by Jim Hinks, Masashi Matsuie & Michael Emmerich πŸ“š

Book of tokyo cover

Currently reading: Whatever by Michel Houellebecq πŸ“š

Currently reading: We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer πŸ“š

Radical Wordsworth by Jonathan Bate review – fleet-footed and inspiriting πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: In 1798, William Wordsworth arrived from Bristol at the cottage of his friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in Nether Stowey in Somerset.

Currently reading: Ascension by Gregory Dowling πŸ“š

Currently reading: The Feed by Nick Clark Windo πŸ“š

Just received Tim Anderson’s Vegan JapanEasy in today’s post. Still awaiting delivery of some required ingredients though… πŸ“š

Currently reading: Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan πŸ“š

Currently reading: The Secret Purposes by David Baddiel πŸ“š

The (Quiet) Death of a Legendary Parisian Bookstore πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: When it was announced that the legendary bookshop Le Pont TraversΓ© would definitely close down on the 31st of December in Paris, many French TV stations put in phone calls and tried to convince JosΓ©e Comte-BΓ©alu to do a filmed interview. She refused every single one of them.

How to measure a year of reading πŸ“š - this sums it up nicely


Tom Gauld in The Guardian – link πŸ”—