Swithering » swither (Scots), v.: to be uncertain, in two minds, to doubt, waver, or dither.

The Reading Life: 2017

January 9, 2018 | No Comments

Darn it, one year I WILL read one hundred books!

In 2017 I didn’t even get close. Nevertheless (this is becoming my go-to word, that’s what happens when you read too much Spark), out of the sixty-one books on the list, thirty-two are by women, so although I missed my target by reams, I didn’t succumb entirely to the patriachy. I’ve an excuse, too (don’t we all?). I began a writing project that requires oodles of research, but I haven’t included the many academic and history books I’ve read so …

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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…

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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.…

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Notes on an Essay

August 9, 2016 | 4 Comments

I’ve often remarked that I’m a slow writer, but I’m not sure folks really get how slow. I’m not talking slow-food slow here; you’d starve to death waiting for me to cook…

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