The LetterPress Project

Books Can Change Your World

»

Inspiring Older Readers

Dying without a strategic plan

posted on 23 Jul 2017

I read a lot of books about books, book collecting and the people who collect or sell books – it’s become a bit of a nerdy obsession.

Read more

Harvey O’Connor

posted on 08 Feb 2017

Watching and listening to the coverage of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States ...

Read more

Spending a penny

posted on 25 Jan 2017

I have recently been compiling reading lists for students who will be starting modules I teach in the coming semester.

Read more

William McIlvanney

posted on 10 Jan 2017

I recently wrote a review of Ian Rankin’s early novel starring DI John Rebus, Hide & Seek.

Read more

Foot Loose and Fancy Free

posted on 27 Dec 2016

There can’t be many people who don’t allow themselves the occasional fantasy about what they would do if time and money was no object.

Read more

Rereading Capote

posted on 06 Dec 2016

Guest writer Alun Severn rereads Truman Capote's less well known works and finds plenty to admire.

Read more

Looking at John Berger

posted on 09 Nov 2016

Guest contributor, Alun Severn, takes a look back at the work of the great John Berger as the writer celebrates his 90th birthday

Read more

Hammershøi

posted on 28 Oct 2016

Guest reviewer, Alun Severn rediscovers a painter that has found a new audience

Read more

Echoes Of A Death

posted on 24 Sep 2016

I never tire of reading Helene Hanff’s love letters to the booksellers of Marks & Co in her slim volume, 84 Charing Cross Road.

Read more

The Boots Circulating Library

posted on 28 Jul 2016

The Boots Circulating Library If you spend any time browsing around second-hand bookshops you are certain to come across cheaply bound, hardcover books

Read more

Notes in the margins

posted on 19 Jul 2016

Few books are more evocative of my final year at university than the Dent hardback  edition of Dylan Thomas’ collected poems

Read more

The joys of reading in bed

posted on 26 Jun 2016

I've always thought that this modest little phrase is more redolent of indulgence than almost any other I can think of.

Read more

On Rereading

posted on 13 Jun 2016

Guest writer, Alun Severn, considers the pleasures of returning to books read in his youth....

Read more

Wonderful Wessex

posted on 03 Jun 2016

My parents have lived very near Dorchester for over thirty years and before that we spent many happy family holidays in Dorset.

Read more

Spring Cleaning

posted on 15 May 2016

Back in February the 'Clear Out Your Bookcase' campaign caught my eye but I was so deep in Winter gloom that I didn't really take too much notice

Read more

Barry Hines

posted on 20 Feb 2016

Alun Severn has been thinking about the writing of Barry Hines in his latest guest posting.

Read more

Greeneland

posted on 09 Feb 2016

A guest post from Alun Severn who has been thinking about reading Graham Greene...........

Read more

A New Book Year Ahead

posted on 04 Jan 2016

I’m not the kind of person who makes New Year resolutions – I leave that stuff to people who think they’ll stick to them.

Read more

Damaged Goods

posted on 25 Nov 2015

Earlier this week I bought a signed copy of the new William Boyd novel, Sweet Caress. At the same time I purchased two or three other things....

Read more

The pleasures of a slim volume

posted on 23 Oct 2015

I wonder how many of you have looked at some of the recent new publications in bookshops and thought ‘Oh, no. Not another 600 page block-buster..

Read more

What does war do to photographers?

posted on 05 Oct 2015

What does war do to photographers? At this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival I had the great good fortune to spend some time listening to Don McCullin

Read more

Why are my books exploding?

posted on 21 Sep 2015

Back in the early 1970s I worked in a bookshop in Birmingham run by a family of more or less dysfunctional brothers and sisters...

Read more

What’s in a Book? Part two

posted on 11 Sep 2015

Are you one of those people who picks up a second hand book, opens it and is delighted and intrigued to find on the inside...

Read more

What's in a book?

posted on 30 Aug 2015

Anyone who buys second hand books will know that one of the associated pleasures is finding slim items between the pages left behind....

Read more

Buying Poetry in Bangor

posted on 13 Aug 2015

Buying Poetry in Bangor It’s 1974 in Bangor, North Wales. I’m just about to start the final year of my degree in English Literature and it’s raining

Read more

The potency of the old Penguin

posted on 31 Jul 2015

The potency of the old Penguin   I’ve been thinking about the way in which old Penguin book jackets have the same potency for me as the madeleine had for

Read more