The hidden secrets on your bookshelves

The hidden secrets on your bookshelves

Libraries are wonderful places for secrets. I didn’t realise until I started working in one just how many things are left in books unintentionally. Open a book from your local library and you might well find unexpected ephemera hidden inside. Shopping lists,...
Investigating the Novel Cure

Investigating the Novel Cure

In my Christmas stocking, this year was a copy of the unusual and highly intriguing The Novel Cure. In the madness of Christmas, I didn’t get a chance to curl up with it. This has turned out to be a good thing. This is very much a book to dip in and out of when...
Oh, my… favourite childhood books

Oh, my… favourite childhood books

How I love the proper books from my childhood. Rustly pages, big typeface, simple illustrations – and that unmistakable, addictive old book smell. Holiday Summer by Decie Merwin I’ve always been a voracious reader, and even now at the grand old age of...

Summer delights – what did you get up to?

It’s been a busy, busy month and as the days turn into weeks and months, and suddenly it’s September and feeling distinctly autumnal, I thought I’d do a quick roundup of some of our summer adventures… We had decadent breakfasts in Giraffe… found wallpaper patterned...