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The Black Book

In one of those mildly exciting episodes of happenstance I was just finishing The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk – a Turkish author of whom, I am shamed to admit, I knew nothing – when up popped Michael Berkeley with his … Continue reading

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You can’t press a flower on a Kindle

A snippet that I heard on BBC4’s Saturday Live. “You can’t press a flower on a Kindle.” Well, why not? Surely the technology that can produce a computer monitor on your sweater or a 3D printer could come up with … Continue reading

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Independent bookshops – a paean of praise

I sing in praise of the independent bookshop, a threatened species. Threatened not so much by the tax-avoiding Amazon nor the big chains like Waterstones but mostly by the supermarket chains who use the same ruthless approach to books as … Continue reading

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