Archive for February, 2012


Portrait of the writer wondering where to put her books

February 20, 2012

Cover of book called POMPEII showing portrait of woman with writing materials

Above is one of the largest and loveliest of all the books here at Downie Towers. Apart from a brief trip to the radiator to have its photo taken, it lives on the floor. It’s too big and heavy to go anywhere else.

However – if the property gods are kind (and here in the South of Britannia they are notoriously capricious) it may soon have a new floor to live on.  Pushing aside all thoughts of packing, I remain inappropriately cheerful, telling myself that this will be a chance to Get the Books Organised At Last.

This is not a way to avoid doing more important things (well, not entirely). I really must get the books sorted out so I can see what’s here. Surely I’m not the only nitwit who has bought a book and then found there’s already a copy of it hiding on the shelf at home?


Ah well. Filling the gap until the next Real Book arrives, I see that Alison Joseph has a Sister Agnes novel free on Kindle today (20 Feb)  in the UK. For those who prefer Romans to contemporary nuns, there’s a great collection of ‘Tales of Ancient Rome’ by Simon Turney here – also free. Hooray!


Want a book? Go to the phone box.

February 2, 2012

Hats off to the fine folk of Sheepwash, who have found a great new use for their beautiful red phone box and turned it into a book exchange.

It’s entirely appropriate, since they’re only a couple of miles away from Totleigh Barton,  where the Arvon Foundation run residential courses for budding writers. Ah, those photos bring back happy memories…


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