Firmin: The Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife—Sam Savage

“I had imagined that my life story, if and when I wrote it, would have a great first line.” These are the words of a voracious reader, a hopeless romantic in love with Ginger Rogers—and a rat. Firmin is born in the basement of Pembroke Books, a bookshop in Boston, where his mother, Flo (a …

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Sentenced to Life: Clive James

These are poems written by a man who is sick and dying. But, surprisingly, this is not a depressing book. Clive James—a writer, critic, broadcaster and more—looks at his life and imminent death with honesty, clarity and a sense of humour. As he says in the acknowledgements, “you can say that you’re on your last …

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Humans Have the Need to Read: Gail Rebuck (from the Guardian)

This article by Gail Rebuck is really preaching to the converted as far as this blog is concerned—if you're reading this, then you do not need to be told that reading is not only a pleasure but it's also good for you. But it made some important points, and I thought it was worth sharing. …

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