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Book club reading

On December 15, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

It is always interesting and worthwhile reading books one wouldn’t usually read. People talk blithely about bad writing when what they usually mean they didn’t “get” the book. Some people like a book with a fast pace others prefer a more leisurely stroll. Some like detailed discussion of military hardware…

Contenders for the Booker

On December 5, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

The Booker longlist has thrown up the usual range of novels from unknowns to the usual suspects. Having previously just allowed UK and Commonwealth authors in, this year, for the first time, it includes titles written from the whole of the English speaking world ie including the USA. There are…

New books for September

On November 30, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

In the dogdays of August not a lot seems to happen in the book world as in the rest of the country. Various themes rumble along quietly, unhappiness over the paucity of women on the Booker longlist, Amazon threatening publishers, and The Fault in Our Stars maintaining its grip at…

Author presentations

On November 25, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

Random House delivered an author packed presentation of big autumn books to booksellers this week. Ian McEwen’s The Children Act sounds like it will be terrific (due September), Simon Schama returns with volume two of his History of the Jews and Rose Tremain has a new collection of short stories…

Creaking Masts

On November 15, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

Always a sucker for creaking mast sagas, I was unable to resist Under Enemy Colours by Sean Thomas Russell. Set, as this genre is, in the Napoleonic wars Russell follows in the distinguished footsteps of CS Forrester and Patrick O’Brian and manages to recreate that peculiar world with colour, excitement…

Conversation topics

On November 5, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

Opinion was divided at my recent book club over the merits of The Haunting of Hill House. The book, by Shirley Jackson, and written in the 50s, does precisely what it says in the title. An inspiration for Stephen King and others and a big hit at the time, it…

Carluccio comes to visit

On October 25, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

Antonio Carluccio came to One Tree this week. Most authors who come for signings are given a table and chair in the middle of the shop and orderly queues are formed. Antonio does things his way. Fuelled by strong cups of coffee he sat in the sunshine in front of…

YA Fiction

On October 1, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

There was an excellent launch for Chris Radamnn’s new novel The Crack at Lord Wandsworth College this week. Chris is the Head of English and he arranged for a panel with a couple of six formers (Grace and Sophia) and his literary agent and editor (both Juliets) to answer questions…

Decline of the ebook?

On September 30, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

Wednesday night saw a good turnout for the One Tree Book club. We were discussing Life after Life by the wonderful Kate Atkinson.. Strong views were expressed both for and against but a strong majority relished its unique structure. My summary was “joyful, moving, perceptive, funny.” Interesting figures out from…

World Book Night

On September 25, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

World book Night Wednesday was World Book Night, which saw hundreds of thousands of books being given away by volunteers all over the country. One Tree Books acts as a picking up point for the registered givers to collect their chosen title. Our involvement does sound rather like turkeys supporting…