Category Archives: Readings

How I learnt that I wasn’t Titania or a thank you to Mrs Doyle

In a change from the usual travel posts, an article I read this week resonated with me, reminding me of one of the many influential people who have crossed my path along the way and helped to make me who I … Continue reading

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Reading Resolutions and Literary Travels

My two person book group went for a new year’s walk last weekend (for more on my book group bigamy see https://profusionofeccentricities.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/dear-reader/).  Amidst the general catching up and blowing away of Christmas cobwebs our thoughts turned to the reading year ahead. Our … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Word Hoard

It is in August, more than at any other time, that Edinburgh lives up to Robert Louis Stevenson’s description, and the name of this blog.  Any city dweller suffering from sensory overload, induced by too many stilt wearing, opera singing, juggling, … Continue reading

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Wessex Girl

A year or so ago, I bought a copy of Roger Deakin’s Wildwood in a local charity shop and suggested it as a bookgroup read.  We hadn’t read any non-fiction before and I was hesitant about going off-piste so I … Continue reading

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Station Eleven – A Review

Last month the stars aligned and both my book groups read the same book.  Well.  That’s not quite true.  I started reading Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven for one group and, only a chapter in, was so keen to … Continue reading

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The Runcible Spoon

The mind works in mysterious ways.  There are things buried deep within that make their way out when you least expect it and give you an eery sense of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, as Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently … Continue reading

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Dear Reader

I suppose it is only logical that to be a good writer you first have to be a good reader.  It would be a very rare bloom indeed that flourished without at least some roots in the nourishing humus of … Continue reading

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