Category Archives: Writing

A Tale of Two Libraries

“There is no love without loss.” When I walked into the British Library, or, later that same day, the Poetry Library, I wasn’t thinking of my sister, who’s a medical librarian. I wasn’t even thinking of my late mother, who … Continue reading

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Lurgy, the Protestant Work Ethic, & Me

Warnings for: self pity, hacking cough, the smell of onions, strong likelihood of swearing. I spotted the happy looking little chap with the bow tie, and arresting blue eyes, over the weekend, at a writing day with some writerly friends. … Continue reading

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Being Doctor Daisy

“The Holmes side is … crawling with spies. The Mycroftian branch … spends so much time undercover, they never travel anywhere without a duvet.” – Dr Margeurite “Daisy” LeStrade, from “Sherlock Jones & the Hound of the Basingstokes”. Today’s tune … Continue reading

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Just Another Book Porn Wednesday

” Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King If you’re reading this because you’re hoping for smut, you’re out of luck. Book porn is about beautiful bindings, not bodacious boobies. Bindings! Original dust jackets! Gilt-edged pages! Art work! … Continue reading

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“With Extra Points for Neatness”

Some February fiction for you … With Extra Points for Neatness by Sheila North Margaret Pennyworth was nothing if not direct. “I’ve decided to deactivate you. I am sorry.” Her parents had been big on superficial politeness, so the phrase, … Continue reading

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