Firstly, another plug for my giveaway – if you’d like to win a signed first edition copy of Philip Pullman’s new story The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ then please click here to visit my post on Pullman’s appearance at the Oxford Lit Fest, and leave a comment telling me which creature your ‘daemon’ would be. The comp closes at noon GMT on Good Friday and my daughter will pick a winner from the slips in the hat.
Just in case you haven’t seen the clip of his answer to the last question, here a link to it Click here. On the BBC news on Sunday night, they played an extended version and I could see myself in the audience, which was fairly horrifying – it put pounds on me, but exciting at the same time. I haven’t been on telly since I was in a quiz show called Connections on Granada with Richard Madeley back in the late 1980s – now that was an experience!
Staying on me for a moment, Kimbofo who blogs at Reading Matters invited me amongst other bloggers to join in a new guest feature called ‘Triple Choice Tuesday’, in which guests choose three books to recommend: a favourite, one that changed your life, and a book that deserves a wider audience. Little did I know that I’d be first up in this spot and you can see my three choices here, please do comment!
Now I’d like to link to a wonderful blog post by Simon Savidge – click here to see it. Simon raises the topic of bookblogging ethics in terms of where we get the books that we write about. With bookbloggers being increasingly targeted by publishers to help spread the word of mouth, it is a timely piece. Thank you Simon.
You can see my blogging guidelines under my ‘Info and Stuff’ tab at the top of the page, but to summarise, I will always say if a book is a freebie and how I got it – Maybe I should say if I bought a book too… Also, I am affiliated to Amazon. All the title links do go there, and I may earn a small commission if you then buy after clicking through – although in a year and a half of blogging, I’ve yet to earn enough to trigger a single payment from them – so it’s pocketmoney stuff only.
- And finally as usual here are a few of the latest titles to arrive at Gaskell Towers:
The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis, about a young girl chess player in an orphanage.
- Looking for Enid: The Mysterious and Inventive Life of Enid Blyton by Duncan McLaren. Having seen the BBC’s rather good film Enid again the other night, I pounced on this unconventional biography while browsing in Oxford’s £2 bookshop waiting for the park and ride bus on Sunday.
- The Moldavian Pimp by Edgardo Cozarinsky. Apart from the wonderful title, the blurb on the back of this short novel says ‘Imagine a mixture or Borges, Thomas Pynchon, South American tango and Yiddish musicals and you begin to get the flavour of this extraordinary book’. – For £2 again, I was hooked!