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Books Can Change Your World


Inspiring Older Readers

The surprising Boris Vian

posted on 18 Dec 2017

I recently did a review of James Campbell’s engagingly readable book, Paris Interzone which profiled the city as a literary hub for European and self-exile

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Reading Bernard MacLaverty

posted on 26 Nov 2017

Guest writer, Alun Severn takes a look at the work of Belfast-born, Glasgow-based novelist and acclaimed short story writer Bernard MacLaverty

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What shall I read next?

posted on 05 Nov 2017

People who have never visited our house before are always surprised by how many books we’ve got – and we’ve got an awful lot to be fair.

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A Life With Books

posted on 19 Oct 2017

I found this modest 27 page essay a haunting read – primarily because it contained so many echoes of my own relationship with books.

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Murder and Misogyny

posted on 26 Aug 2017

For a long time one of my guilty pleasures has been reading crime thrillers and watching the TV adaptations.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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William McIlvanney

posted on 10 Jan 2017

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

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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.

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Rereading Capote

posted on 06 Dec 2016

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

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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

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posted on 28 Oct 2016

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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On Rereading

posted on 13 Jun 2016

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

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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.

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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

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Barry Hines

posted on 20 Feb 2016

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

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posted on 09 Feb 2016

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

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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.

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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....

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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..

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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

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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

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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

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