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The Stranger by Harlan Coben for #LBCHorsforth The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces … Continue reading Now reading …

By Heart – Attempt 1 – The Eagle by Alfred Tennyson

I decided to start my lockdown project this morning. Ted Hughes uses his introduction to recommend an older technique to learn poems off. Learning by rote - he argues - was an attempt ‘to eradicate imagery from all aspects of life’ by the Puritan/political ascendency of the Civil War and has become the norm. However, … Continue reading By Heart – Attempt 1 – The Eagle by Alfred Tennyson

A friend sent me this

After yesterday’s blog. (We don’t have a credit, so if you’re it, please let me know!) I love this! Such a positive picture!

Bookshops *are* essential. And now more than ever!!

The Guardian has a piece on why book shops should be considered essential during this second lockdown. In a letter to government ministers today, the BA’s managing director Meryl Halls described bookshops as “lanterns of civilisation and, for many, beacons of hope”. Keeping them closed while allowing other retailers who sell books to remain open … Continue reading Bookshops *are* essential. And now more than ever!!

Lockdown Reads

Have decided to try and learn some poems By Heart so have finally opened my long owned, never read copy of this: By Heart 101 Poems to Remember. Introduction by Ted Hughes I don’t expect to learn a poem a day, but I’m loving the selection so far. Besides, with all the politicians saying lockdown … Continue reading Lockdown Reads