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Dusting the Blog-webs


With a slightly laboured title, I am returning to blogging. 
And about time too!

Some things have changed since I last blogged: we’ve moved from the North-East down to the Big Smoke of London, I work part time, my children are almost as tall as me.

One thing has remained constant: books! Anyone who knows me – or who has even noticed the title of this blog! – knows that I love books. 

I love books as objects, inspiration, escapes, portals, entertainment, guilty-pleasure, wallpaper, decoration. And working a few days a week as a Bookseller is a perfect way to keep my love-affair alive.

And so, as a way of keeping my critical faculties going, rewiewing what I’ve been reading, and sharing book-ish musings with whoever might be reading this, I shall be dusting down this blog, blowing away the cobwebs, and setting my book-ish thoughts free!

Want to join me?!

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Jubilee Ma’am

Some of my reading this month- what little there was – has taken on a royal tinge, in keeping with the recent Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

I’ve been dipping into Andrew Marr’s The Diamond Queen and rediscovered Jeremy Paxman’s On Royalty to put some of the pomp and ceremony into a slightly sceptical, journalistic context. Both are very readable, entertaining reflections on the reign and character of Elizabeth II, with some ‘insider’ access to her staff, houses and family members. Both journalists describe themselves as former republicans so they’re not overly mawkish and sentimental. Both are surprisingly admiring of Elizabeth Windsor herself and the peeks behind the palaces’ closed doors are fascinating.

At the other end of the spectrum, I treated our two children to their own royal reading: Me, The Queen and Christopher by Giles Andrae and Tony Ross for my 7 year old son which he read by himself after lights out (behind closed doors, the Queen likes to dance to disco music in her tracksuit and eat baked beans, with obvious consequences). Peppa Pig Meets the Queen has been a bedtime essential for my 3 and a half year old daughter for the last week; even the Queen must put her wellies on before jumping into muddy puddles, apparently. Richard Brassey’s The Queen is another very informative and well illustrated children’s introduction to the Queen’s life and reign.

And glaring at me from another shelf is Becoming Queen, the early life and reign of England’s only other Diamond Queen, Victoria. Yes Ma’am, I will be with you shortly.

These bibliophilic treats will probably last longer than the bunting around our neighbourhood.

 
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Posted by on 11/06/2012 in Uncategorized

 

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