More on Mantelpiece

Posted by Guy Pringle, 19th January 2012

This just in from Kath Rhodes   'Dear Guy,   Just had to say thank you so much for the extra surprise present at Christmas. I'm referring to 'My Sister lives on the Mantelpiece' of course. When I first saw it I'll admit I was a little dubious I thought it didn.t look like my kind of view...

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Lotus Eaters part two

Posted by Guy Pringle, 16th January 2012

Isn’t it great when ambivalence about a book shifts into genuine engagement? The shift from 1975 in chapter one back to 1963 in two and then ’65 in three annoyed but I’ve got over myself as the characters have filled out. Helen Adams’ arrival in Vietnam as a war view...

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Who'd a tho't it?

Posted by Guy Pringle, 12th January 2012

Did you know there's an Apostrophe Protection Society? No, neither did I but boy am I being careful typing this out. The society's chairman, John Richards, is incandescent - not surprisingly - that Waterstone's are becoming Waterstones. Apparently, that apostrophe is troublesome and out view...

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The Lotus Eaters

Posted by Guy Pringle, 10th January 2012

After a Christmas of urns on mantelpieces, I'm back to the reading for our upcoming Readers Gathering this May. The tally so far looks like this:   READ with my personal ratings Room by Emma Donoghue 5/5 Dark Matter by Michelle Paver 4/4 The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls view...

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Sheila Grant

Posted by Guy Pringle, 10th January 2012

  With readers like Sheila life feels that little more special!   "I have to say one of my best decisions was taking out a subscription to newBOOKSmag [as it then was] many years ago.  I am constantly pleasantly surprised at all the new books (from writers I have never view...

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Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Posted by Guy Pringle, 4th January 2012

Back in the early 90s, as the new Marketing Director at Collins’ Educational division I was acutely aware of the public’s ‘brand recognition’ of Collins dictionaries and road atlases. It was a no-brainer to ‘extend the brand’ ie pinch it for the division’s view...

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Praise for Mantelpiece

Posted by Guy Pringle, 3rd January 2012

Many readers have been kind enough to send comments of approval for the free copy of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece which went out to UK subscribers with the last issue. I’ll single out here two slightly longer notes which may encourage you to spread the word further:   "Anyway the view...

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Lindy Gomm - who may well have appeared here before . . .

Posted by Guy Pringle, 3rd January 2012

The following greetings from Canada allow me to at least keep my New Year’s resolution to blog more regularly (well, at least for the first week of 2012).   “Hello Guy, Happy New Year! Regarding Elsbeth's queries about reading gratification during tough times: For myself, I view...

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