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heather reyes malcolm burgess
We love books and book talk and think our home is insulated with old Penguin paperbacks
Interests: writing, reading, travel, world cities, countries
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Jan 15 Ann will be visiting soon and we need to be alone. We have so much to discuss. I have had enough of pretending I am young, attractive and in possession of a lifestyle like everyone else in Shoreditch who has never had a child who asks 'where do... Continue reading
Jan 14 Sit in Wattle and Daub with what looks like most of London's semi-employed creatives working on 'personal projects'. I am no exception. Pen my latest foolism in case it may be of use: 'Why are the seven stars no more than seven?' 'Because they are not eight.' Is... Continue reading
Jan 13 Thought: when will someone build a theatre without a hole in the roof? Torrential rain for my first performance. It is alright for the others who can find a nice piece of dry thatch but is too much for the dead body and it is not surprising that... Continue reading
Jan 12 It is a private launch for a new range of toe-curling (literally) shoes in voluptuous embroidered lizard, plus lots of furry trims from other ex-animals which I can see from the door. I am at a private address in Eastcheap as my piece of parchment instructs. But I... Continue reading
January 11 I tell Isaac I have got a part in Burbage's Arden of Faversham and have spent the day rehearsing. My first big part ('though I do not tell him about the actor who has pulled out and who is now doing 'A Star is Born', a one-man mystery... Continue reading
Jan 10 Urgent message from James Burbage asking me to please come to The Theatre as soon as possible. Is the first time a director has expressed an interest in seeing me. Are things looking up then? Burbage in state of some anxiety as actor who was playing the corpse/... Continue reading
Jan 9 (More from yesterday. There are moments in one's life one needs to savour. I hope you will understand.) Mr H W opens the door further. 'I think that you might be safer in here. You're not the first and you won't be the last. Welcome to the dodgy... Continue reading
Jan 10 Loathe as I am to acknowledge the abject depths of my humiliation, here I am at GreenwichPalace with Christopher Marlowe's note. It seems that my rich patron is so wealthy that Queen Elizabeth herself wishes to be his friend and partake of his glittering nobles, while her glory... Continue reading
January 6 New pop-up gourmet street food restaurant has opened just around the corner from us. It is called The Three Wiccas Because Isaac is of noble blood who might know all kinds of important people they have invited him for a free meal. Doll is otherwise engaged, so he... Continue reading
January 5 Standing in the corner by myself with a glass of wine that tastes as if it has come straight from the teat of the old witch Sycorax and wearing a too big ruff (Isaac's, he doesn't know), I knew it was a mistake to come here. I cannot... Continue reading
A knock at the door and Doll Breaksheet enters shining and covered with some unguent. Sniffing the air I soon discover it is butter. Not a lot surprises me these days. 'Doll's here,' says Isaac quite matter of factly,' for the butter churner.' 'How nice, I had no idea the... Continue reading
'Hallo, I'm Alan the Alchemist.' I suppose in the great scheme of things there could be worse people to meet as one is surprised in one's bed in a waste of shame (we won't go into too much detail here). The man is wearing a black tunic covered with stars... Continue reading
Early up as have audition at the Theatre (please, when is someone going to give it a name? It's as if we don't matter). Up for part of dead body in Arden of Faversham and I feel I really get in the zone. But James Burbage, the theatre director, obviously... Continue reading
January 1 'Willy?' I always know when my hovelmate Isaac de Percy (as in 'we own half of England and probably more thanks to the Dissolution of the Monasteries, peasant, and don't you forget it.') wants something. He calls me this as if we are actually friends and not just... Continue reading
Discovers all the best coffee houses in downtown Stockholm in which to be angst-ridden. Continue reading
He becomes rich and famous and lives in Beverly Hills but still has issues. Continue reading
10 of the best books set in London Malcolm Burgess, publisher of the City-Lit series, selects his favourite reads for the Smoke We have 15 copies of the City-Lit guide to London to give away to the best recommendations in the comments below - Guardian User Help will be in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Best books on London
22/10/13 14:00 In the Footsteps of Samuel Pepys Diane Eccles Explore the alleyways, square and markets where Pepys lived and worked. 23/10/13 14:00 The importance of being Chelsea Stephen Benton Chelsea has long been associated with writers - hear about some of the locals including Bram Stoker, A A Milne... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Best books on London
Contents__CITY-LIT LONDON____________________ Peter Watts, ‘Introducing London’ “Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner …”__________________ Jan Morris, A Writer’s World Tim Bradford, The Groundwater Diaries Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway Maureen Waller, 1700: Scenes from London Life Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent Ian McEwan, Saturday Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay Helen Simpson, Constitutional Colin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Best books on London
Will Self gets inside the head of a London cabby Jan Morris flies into Heathrow Monica Ali smells the curry on Brick Lane Alan Bennett gives us a ride in the Queen's carriage Xiaolu Guo enjoys a greasy spoon in Hackney Virginia Woolf goes shopping in Oxford Street Sam Selvon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Best books on London
Classic books on Paris: Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast; Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past; Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas; Raymond Queneau, Zazie in the Metro; Colette, Claudine in Paris; Honoré de Balzac, Lost Illusions; Louis Aragon, Paris Peasant; Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame of Paris. Recent recommended books:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Best books on Paris
10 of the best books set in Paris Malcolm Burgess, publisher of the City-Lit series, selects his favourite reads for the French capital • As featured in our Paris city guide Share 4 inShare0 Email Malcolm Burgess The Guardian, Thursday 19 May 2011 Jump to comments (79) Victor Hugo, Notre... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Best books on Paris
Paris city-break travel guide city-lit Paris features some of the best writers and books on Paris C'est tres simple ... Paris travel guide city-lit Paris, published by Oxygen Books, contains over sixty dazzling writers on all the sights, sounds and flavours of Paris, past and present - the ideal companion... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2013 at Best books on Paris