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The Literary Feast at Gladstone’s Library

  I am into my second week as Writer-in-Residence here at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Wales.

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Interview with Emma Campion, Author of A Triple Knot

Today I am delighted to welcome my good friend, the critically acclaimed author Emma Campion, to discuss her newest book, A Triple Knot. This is a novel set in the 14th century, and it’s about Joan of Kent, renowned beauty … Read More

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#BookadayUK 29: The Book I Have Reread Most Often

Aside from my own book, I think it’s probably Tolkien.

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#BookadayUK 28: Bought at My Fave Independent Bookshop

My hometown has three indy bookstores, and I love and support all of them: Diesel Books, A Great Good Place for Books and Laurel Bookstore. Here’s a book I purchased at A Great Good Place for Books during author Helene … Read More

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#BookadayUK 27: I Want to be One of the Characters…

…in The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. But if I can’t be the hero, Francis Crawford, forget it.

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#BookadayUK 26: Should Have Sold More Copies

I found this on my library shelf back in 2000: Ann Chamberlin’s Leaving Eden. This is a retelling of the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, and Chamberlin gives us a mythic tale set in a real world. She does … Read More

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#BookadayUK 25: Never Finished It

I hate having to confess to giving up on any book, especially one written by an author whose work I admire. But Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, defeated me. I think it was the epistolary format that just stopped me cold. … Read More

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#BookadayUK 24: Hooked Me in to Reading

I can’t go back to when I was first hooked into reading. Age 5? So I’m going to present a book that hooked me into reading IT the minute that I saw the cover. I saw it. I bought it. … Read More

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#BookadayUK 23: Made to Read at School

I know. It’s a CLASSIC. We read it in 11th grade. But I remember absolutely nothing about it except that bloody first sentence and how much I hated this book. Call me Unimpressed.

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#BookadayUK 22: Out of Print

This is on my research shelf: The Peterborough Chronicle of Hugh Candidus,  published in 1941 by The Peterborough Natural History, Scientific and Archaeological Society. It’s publication was supposed to be accompanied by a celebration of the quatercentenary of the founding … Read More

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