Monthly Archives: December 2010

Orwell and Clocks

As something of a sequel to the last post on book beginnings, I thought it might be worth pointing out George Orwell’s reliance upon clocks as he starts his novels. Here’s The Clergyman’s Daughter As the alarm clock on the chest of drawers exploded like a horrid little ball of bell metal , Dorothy, wrenched […]

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(Books) Beginnings and Endings

John Harris had a good piece in yesterday’s Guardian, dealing with celebrity memoirs. He had been set the challenge of reading 11 of them over four days – and he reported back on the awfulness of the writing, the absence of any editing and he explained why they had become so popular over the past […]

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Staffordshire in the Snow

I’m going to give up my house in King’s Cross and move back to Staffordshire for Christmas and perhaps a week or two of January. It’s time for a little break from London life – and, more importantly, I’ve got a mini to resurrect. I hope that it still looks like this when I get […]

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