Friday, January 27, 2012


"The twenty-seventh!"

Which means – if my watch isn't two days wrong – that today must be the 180th birthday of...

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

The Wordle below was created with the text of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 7: 'A Mad Tea-Party'...

Caricature of Lewis Carroll by David Levine

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

JRRT @ 120

Today is
the 120th Birthday of
J R R Tolkien

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song
above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world."

And my personal thanks to the Professor for the opportunities I have had to work with his great stories, which, as a result, have made my world a great deal merrier!

Image: David Levine

Sunday, January 01, 2012


A few bookish quotes by bookish men and women to start the New Year...

Books are humanity in print.
~ Barbara W Tuchman

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.

~ Franz Kafka

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.

~ William Hazlitt

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.

~ Clifton Fadiman

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

~ Oscar Wilde

A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.

~ Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia, 1833

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.

~ Christopher Morley

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

May you have a year of
Good Books!

Image: 'The Librarian' by Guiseppe Archimboldo (1527-1593)

Signed Books: 2 – JOURNEY'S END

Among my collection of signed books are volumes given to me by writers who were also friends along with others by writers, actors and celebr...