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The Reading Life: 2016

December 31, 2016 | One Comment

“It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times,” writes Ali Smith in the opening of Autumn, (a book I’ve just started), and, damn, ain’t that the truth? Books had always provided solace against calamities both personal…

A Fork in the Road

September 5, 2016 | 2 Comments

In the middle of June, I packed books, pinboards, a laptop, wellies, a holdall of tatty clothes, and Dougie the dog into the car, and headed for the Scottish Borders. In the last year or so—since moving countries again—my grasp…