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Cornflower
Edinburgh
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Niall Williams' last book, History of the Rain, was my novel of the year* in 2014 and a true delight; great news, then, that his next one, This Is Happiness, will be out in early September. Judging by the first two or three pages I'd say we're in for another treat, so let me just give you the gist of it: "Change is coming to Faha, a small Irish parish unaltered in a thousand years. For one thing, the rain is stopping. Nobody remembers when it started; rain on the western seaboard is a condition of living. But now -... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cornflower Books
Thanks, Liz, I shall have to see what I've missed!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2019 on This and that at Cornflower Books
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Good luck with your search, Jane! It's only in recent years that I've read EG but so far each book has been a delight.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2019 on Sunday reads at Cornflower Books
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I'm reading the perfect book for a slow Sunday, Elizabeth Goudge's The Herb of Grace (there's a snippet here). After the darkness of Small Days and Nights (which was preceded by Kate Atkinson's Case Histories - a lot more humorous than Tishani Doshi's book but quite grim, nonetheless) I wanted an uplifting novel, and I have it here in the shape of the second volume of The Eliot Chronicles (I wrote about The Bird in the Tree, the first book in the series, last year). There is much to be said for writing which celebrates good things and good people,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Cornflower Books
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"... led up to a small gate, painted green, that led into the wood, those to the left to another small gate, painted blue, leading into the garden of the inn. This garden, merging gradually into the orchard upon the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Cornflower
It's not a comfortable read, and its rawness will be off-putting to some, but I do think it's well done.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2019 on Small Days and Nights at Cornflower Books
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"It's in the little towns that one discovers a country, in the kind of knowledge that comes from small days and nights." Tishani Doshi uses that line of James Salter's as the epigraph to her novel Small Days and Nights, and it's an apt choice for a novel which takes a macro lens to some big subjects. This is not a pretty book, in places not an easy one to read, but it is compelling in its dissection of the dis-easedness of life, the ways in which we are unequal to our fate or unwilling to own it. Set in... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Cornflower Books
Wasn't it? I see it's available for another 9 days - I must watch it again.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2019 on Janet Baker - In Her Own Words at Cornflower
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You're welcome, Nan. JB does come across as a very good sort indeed.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2019 on Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps at Cornflower Books
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Yes, I'm very much looking forward to it.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2019 on This and that at Cornflower Books
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I so agree.
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Carolyne Larrington's interesting talk on The Poetic Edda makes reference to William Morris, Wagner, and Game of Thrones (as yet unread and unwatched by me - anyone here a fan?). ~~~~~ Here's an article to add to our occasional writers' notebooks series of posts - Robert Macfarlane on his 'underground' stationery. ~~~~~ Sir Tim Waterstone was a recent guest of Georgina Godwin's on Meet the Writers; listen to his interview here. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Cornflower Books
Worth a try!
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2019 on Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps at Cornflower Books
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They should be - they'd need the 'right' reader, though (which is probably not at all a helpful answer to your question!).
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2019 on Speaks volumes at Cornflower Books
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You're welcome, Claire. Perth Library really ought to have it given that - as I'm sure you'll know -JB was born in the city!!
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2019 on Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps at Cornflower Books
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I hope they will soon - there is so much in it that should appeal to many interests.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2019 on Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps at Cornflower Books
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A while back I mentioned I was looking for a biography of John Buchan; well, seven years on I have one and it's certainly worth the wait. In that 2012 post I also said I had not read a word JB had written, and quotations apart that still stands, so why - you might well ask - have I been so keen to learn more about him? That Karsh portrait (you'll find it via the above link) was one thing, the extraordinary CV another, a memory from childhood of the Hitchcock/Donat film, a notion to walk the John Buchan Way... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Cornflower Books
I know what you mean!
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on The first stern lesson of marriage ... at Cornflower
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I love this time of year - wish I could press 'pause' for a while. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Cornflower
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Away from the blog I recently recommended Tim Pears' West Country Trilogy to a discerning friend. He tells me that he found it so enthralling he read all three books back to back, something he has never before done with a series. I'm delighted to hear that but not at all surprised. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Cornflower Books
But to add weight to the quotation's advice, an article in today's Times ( http://bit.ly/2IJexyL ) covers a major benefit of keeping your spouse happy!
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2019 on The first stern lesson of marriage ... at Cornflower
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I came to Will Williams' book The Effortless Mind: Meditation for the Modern World having been a meditator for the last year. A newspaper article on Transcendental Meditation led me to learn the technique, and twelve months on I still practise twice a day, every day, and wouldn't be without it. Will teaches something called Beeja Meditation, very similar to TM as far as I can judge in that both come from the Vedic tradition, involve the same twice daily 20-minute sessions and the silent repetition of, in TM's case a personal mantra, in Beeja's case a 'personalised sound', in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Cornflower Books
Wise words.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2019 on The first stern lesson of marriage ... at Cornflower
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I was glad to see (in yesterday's Persephone Post) that that article has generated a lot of interest. Long may they flourish!
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The shop itself is lovely, and of course the books have great appeal.
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