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Blog entries on '06 June 2007'

Wednesday 06 June 2007

The handsome and hirsute Mr Anthony Trollope, via Edward Samuels

Penguin has launched an Anthony Trollope minisite (to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Barchester Towers no less!) I've never read Trollope. Should I!?

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Wednesday 06 June 2007

Author interviews

FYI, the last ten author interviews over at The Book Depository have been with John Marks, John Ray, Christopher Robbins, Martin Stephen, Julie Maxwell, Mikael Niemi, Adele Geras, Jeremy Blachman, Michael Muhammed Knight and Catherine O'Flynn

Posted by Mark Thwaite
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Wednesday 06 June 2007

More Twitter stuff

Since I put ReadySteadyBook, The Book Depository and BritLitBlogs up on Twitter, there suddenly seems to be a lot of other lit-activity over there.

For those who want to discover more, the excellent Debra Hamel has got a very useful list together of literary Twitters.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Wednesday 06 June 2007

Robert Walser bibliography

Sam, over at Goldenrule Jones, has set up a bibliography of the Swiss author Robert Walser (1878-1956) -- thanks Dave. Excellent job Sam.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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Memorial Tablet

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
Collected Poems (Faber and Faber)

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The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or two

Pre-order Anu Garg's new book: The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words (ISBN 9780452288614), published by Penguin more …

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The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM
Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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