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Cornflower
Edinburgh
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"Once he got going, my grandfather's way of telling a story was to go pell-mell, throwing Aristotle's unities of action, place and time into the air and in a tumult let the details tumble down the stairs of his brain and out his mouth. He had grown up in an age when storytelling was founded on the forthright principles of passing the time and dissolving the hours of dark. [...] To conquer both time and reality then, one of the unwritten tenets of the local poetics was that a story must never arrive at the point, or risk conclusion. And... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Cornflower Books
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You may have seen Kate Mears' book A Year Around Our House featured on the Persephone Post a few months ago*. If not, do visit Kate's website to see some of the beautiful watercolours she used for her portrait/history of... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Cornflower
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Seen on a visit to Culross. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Cornflower
Thanks, Simon. I think it deserves a really wide readership!
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2019 on This Golden Fleece at Cornflower Books
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"Women who spin, knit and weave are legend, from Homer's Penelope, unravelling and reweaving a shroud as she waits for Odysseus's return, to mythic Ariadne, saving Theseus in the Cretan labyrinth with her ball of yarn. In Greek mythology, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Cornflower
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"I decide to unpick Britain's woolly story. This will be my new year's quest [...] I will leave my office job to knit my way across the British Isles. Wool will be my compass and my guidebook - to Fair Isle, Yorkshire, the Cotswolds, and beyond - as I work my way from north to south and east to west. I will write about the wool I find and what I knit with it: why we do it, how we do it, who has done it. Knitting will shape my journey through the coming year." In This Golden Fleece, Esther... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Cornflower Books
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As promised, a few notes on Tracy Chevalier's writing process, as outlined in her recent Edinburgh Book Festival appearance: - Tracy commented that her writing focuses on the senses, so if stuck on a scene she asks herself what her characters would see, smell or touch, and she goes on to imagine what that scene would look like if it were a film. - When researching, she prefers to read books and take notes rather than resorting to Google for her facts (see the bibliography at the back of A Single Thread). - She writes in notebooks then types up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Cornflower Books
You're welcome, Helen.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2019 on Out now in paperback ... at Cornflower Books
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" February 26, 1950 A dear near neighbour brought me a tussie-mussie this week. The dictionary defines tuzzy-muzzy, or tussie-mussie, as a bunch or posy of flowers, a nosegay, and then dis-obligingly adds that the word is obsolete. I refuse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Cornflower
Same here - time for another pile to go!
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2019 on To be read - 4 at Cornflower Books
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I can't imagine it won't make my eventual 'best of the year' list, Ann, it's so good.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2019 on Out now in paperback ... at Cornflower Books
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"We love books. We take them to bed with us. They weigh down our suitcases when we go on holiday. We display them on our bookshelves or store them in our attics. We give them as gifts. We write our names in them. We take them for granted. And all the time, our books are leading a double life. The Secret Life of Books is about everything that isn't just the words. It's about how books transform us as individuals. It's about how books - and readers - have evolved over time. And it's about why, even with the arrival... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at Cornflower Books
I did love Bellman & Black as well, but I think the 'sweeter' tone of this one is a particular delight.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2019 on Out now in paperback ... at Cornflower Books
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So glad you enjoyed them, Fran.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2019 on Out now in paperback ... at Cornflower Books
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Good!
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2019 on Stitching rules, OK at Cornflower
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Loved Bellman & Black! (There's a post on it here for anyone who may be interested: https://www.cornflowerbooks.co.uk/2013/10/bellman-black.html
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2019 on Out now in paperback ... at Cornflower Books
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... Diane Setterfield's Once Upon A River - as this post shows, one of my top favourite books of the year so far. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Cornflower Books
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With a full house here over the weekend I made Caroline Barty's Greengage Cream with Crunchy Sugar Topping to suit the warm weather. Lacking greengages, I turned to peaches and nectarines combined with blackberries and blueberries, all gently spiced with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Cornflower
You'll know the book and perhaps the postcards, you may also have seen the exhibition, now here's the musical version - one of the 'spell songs' from The Lost Words by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Cornflower
Thank you.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2019 on A Single Thread at Cornflower Books
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Please do, Adele!
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2019 on A Single Thread at Cornflower Books
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As you'll know, Tracy does a lot of research but she handles it lightly in her narrative, and I think that - combined with her emotional register - make for good reading.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2019 on A Single Thread at Cornflower Books
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Hope you don't have long to wait, Fran.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2019 on A Single Thread at Cornflower Books
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How serendipitous, Annie!
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2019 on A Single Thread at Cornflower Books
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I haven't seen it yet, Alison (we're having a busy weekend) but I plan to watch as soon as I can.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2019 on Sanditon at Cornflower Books
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