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Blog entries on '27 April 2007'

Friday 27 April 2007

Booksellers Association Annual Conference

On Monday and Tuesday, I'll be over in Harrogate at The Booksellers Association Annual Conference 2007 (The Book Depository is up for a 2007 British Book Industry Award):

The Annual Conference is the most significant events in the book trade’s year, attracting around 500 delegates. It is a unique occasion when booksellers, publishers and authors all meet together to debate issues relevant to the trade.

If anyone fancies buying me a pint of Yorkshire bitter when I'm over that way, email me!

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Friday 27 April 2007

Menard Press news

Christoper Middleton

Yesterday, I noted that "Anthony Rudolf's Menard Press has published its last ever book: two essays from Christopher Middleton entitled If From The Distance." Anthony has written to me saying:

Although Christopher Middleton's If From The Distance: Two Essays is Menard's last solo book, I am pleased to say that we have come to an arrangement with Shearsman Books whereby some out of print Menard books will be reprinted in association with them. It is possible there will even be one or two new books. But after 38 years and 160 books, the time has come to move on.

Just prior to publishing their "last solo book", Menard published a second and revised edition of Anthony Rudolf's book on Piotr Rawicz, Engraved in Flesh. (Rudolf's edition and revised translation of Rawicz's masterpiece Blood from the Sky was published by Elliott and Thompson in 2004.)

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Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

-- Siegfried Sassoon
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