Thursday, 28 June 2012
My friend Joanna Hodgkin was on the island at the same time and kindly let me accompany her when she spoke about her new book to Durrell enthusiasts. Books by Lawrence Durrell, the first husband of Joanna's mother Nancy, and his brother Gerald Durrell, have attracted many visitors to Corfu and there was a good turn out to listen to Jo.
That aside, for seven days we forgot "real life" - though my one reminder of it was very welcome - a kind review of The Fifties Mystique, published in The Jewish Chronicle, by Rabbi and Life Peer Julia Neuberger.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Those of you who write probably have cuttings albums or scrap books, both of your own work and its reviews. I wonder what you do now that one can't always cut out and stick in a physical copy? As for the shelf of books with my name on the spine, how does one add e-books to that? Perhaps I am unusually vain even to have, let alone to get pleasure out of the sight of shelves containing books by me; and it could be that those who have been journalists all their lives never took the trouble to save the printed versions of their work.
I do. There are cuttings albums for the weekly columns, think pieces, travel writing and book reviews. (Pieces other people have written about me are not stuck in an album but shoved into a box and not looked at again .) So my question is about online journalism. Today for example, the tribute site to Reginald Hill set up by Rhian Davies and Margot Kinberg published a piece by me: http://crimewritingmonth2012.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/book-review-and-tribute-the-woodcutter/#comments
Last week the online book review site, Bookoxygen, used my review of a brilliant novel Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris. http://bookoxygen.com/?p=1542
And then there are the e-books - two so far, Telling Only Lies and A Private Inquiry.
Do other people value such intangible assets? And if so, how do they look after them?
Thursday, 7 June 2012
As if they hadn’t had to eat enough of their own words about the pasty tax and several other un-thought-through policies, apparently the Coalition government has announced its next counterproductive plan: to remove oldies’ benefits from all but the very poor. Maybe fair enough, as concerns free TV licenses and winter fuel; but if they stop the bus passes, won’t we all just start driving again? Perhaps they haven’t noticed that there are enough cars in town centres already……….