I bet you've never quite got round to reading it either

Posted by Guy Pringle, 29th July 2010

In choosing the books for our first Readers Gathering, I have to admit to an element of self-interest. Once we'd decided on a theme of war, we needed a reliable selection of books on a variety of criteria. They had to: • be in print and easily/cheaply available • be highly view...

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Future subjects for our A Life's Work coverage

Posted by Guy Pringle, 26th July 2010

Pamela Lewis kindly volunteered a future subject for this article we've made a feature of in recent issues   "I would like to submit Daphne Du Maurier as a suggestion for the Life's Work feature. Her books are consistently brilliant, she has a huge following and each of her books remains as view...

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Websites, don't you just love 'em?

Posted by Guy Pringle, 26th July 2010

This fourth incarnation of our website is the closest yet to what I thought I was getting back in 2003. Since then I've become sanguine about what is and isn't achievable without massive spend but Park Corner Design have certainly delivered our best effort yet. Inevitably, however, there have view...

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The Laundry goes live!

Posted by Guy Pringle, 21st July 2010

This probably doesn't mean much to you but for me to be able to say that there is now a communal laundry at the Reading Retreat is both an achievement and a relief. When I go on holiday I take enough clothes to last me for the duration. Even going somewhere by plane for 2 weeks I'd rather squeeze view...

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Back issues available

Posted by Guy Pringle, 21st July 2010

What nice people our readers are, is a phrase that often echoes round newbooks Towers. Evidence this email, received from Steve Valentine who, for reasons unknown but I suspect downsizing, has to relinquish an extensive collection of back issues of newbooks. Anyone taking up this offer will see a view...

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ORANGE PRIZE FINALISTS SET UP NEW LITERARY EVENT

Posted by Guy Pringle, 20th July 2010

I get loads of press releases by email these days, most of which are rapidly deleted but every so often one comes along that catches my imagination. Below is one such from an enterprising lady called Dawn Barnes. Although I've never met her I suspect I very soon will but for the moment I offer news view...

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nb59 View from Here

Posted by Guy Pringle, 20th July 2010

As we approach the next issue I thought I'd drop in Elsbeth's editorial as, once again, she's nailed an interesting subject that may well have crossed your mind. I'd like to think the 'guy-thing' was meant to have a lower case 'g', although I have to admit I've been tempted to buy an view...

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It's not what you know . . .

Posted by Guy Pringle, 13th July 2010

Proof copies of high-profile books aren't unusual in this neck of the woods - it's one of our innocent pleasures, opening the packages that arrive each day.  However, when they are accompanied by a hand-written card from the Trade Group Sales & Marketing Director of one of the UK's view...

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Should you judge a book by its cover?

Posted by Guy Pringle, 9th July 2010

Designing book jackets is definitely an art and I doff my hat to the creative souls who have to visualise books they haven't read and keep the author, agent, editor, marketeers and sales people happy - not forgetting the retailers - before it gets anywhere near you or I. Even the simplest view...

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Gender politics in reading groups

Posted by Guy Pringle, 8th July 2010

This week I had the happy circumstance of discussing The Glass Room with both the groups I belong to here in Winchester. The book was my suggestion because I had enjoyed it as a personal read and thought there was potential for a group read.   At this point I should declare that I am view...

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To begin . . .

Posted by Guy Pringle, 7th July 2010

The What We're Reading page in the magazine is regularly praised when our readers tell us what they think of newbooks. So our spanking new website is the obvious place to add further information about the books we're loving - and not - and who knows, spark some debate about what's worth seeking view...

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After a dodgy start . . .

Posted by Guy Pringle, 6th July 2010

The fact that there's only one washing machine on site is raising some practical difficulties - until such time as I can run water and power to one of the barns to make a communal laundry area. This became slightly contentious for the Harrisons as they'd been travelling for some days before view...

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