Wenlock Books, Much Wenlock – My favourite things – 4 of 100 – Places

This is not a huge bookshop by any means but size most definitely isn’t everything – it’s what you do with it that counts. And here they make it count. The window display onto the street is always vibrant and, if the weather isn’t doing the usual rain, drizzle mizzle thing that is one of … More Wenlock Books, Much Wenlock – My favourite things – 4 of 100 – Places

Parade’s End – My favourite things – 3 of 100 – Fiction

This is the cover from the 2012 Penguin reprint with an introduction by Julian Barnes I first read Parade’s End when I was thirteen and in the throes of an obsession with World War One literature. I’d devoured all the war poetry I could get my hands on, read Birdsong in one long and distressing night … More Parade’s End – My favourite things – 3 of 100 – Fiction

Sanctuary

Here live my shields against the world. Closing my eyes I inhale the mingling scents of fresh print and ancient, crumbling bindings, until my anxiety ebbs away. Which do I want? I move amongst them, nodding to old friends, assessing new arrivals, narrowing down my choices. I need comfort, I decide, the comfort of familiarity. … More Sanctuary