Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Making of the British Landscape

Recently I wrote a piece on the ibooknet blog about the new book The Making of the British Landscape by Francis Pryor. It’s had some good reviews in the Guardian and both the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. This is a … Continue reading

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Seasons of Life at the Royal Institution

Having taken time off from books yesterday, spending much of the day potting up tomato, pepper and aubergine plants, and fuchsia cuttings, I was in need of some cerebral stimulation, and so in the early evening I was on the … Continue reading

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Trains and Buttered Toast

I’ve got a lot of time for John Betjeman. I know his poetry isn’t critically acclaimed, but I’ve liked it since I was a teenager. In 1974 I bought Betjeman’s Banana Blush on vinyl, which has the poet reading his … Continue reading

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A Bootful of Books

I started this blog at a quiet time when there’s not much bookselling going on. For the same reason today I visited a friend who lives on the south coast, and who also finds books for me. We had a … Continue reading

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Neglected Classics and Rasselas

There’s a dramatisation of The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow (Sunday May 22nd). Last year Radio 4’s Open Book programme had a feature in which various authors chose a favourite ‘neglected classic’. Listeners then voted … Continue reading

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Royal Institution lecture: Food Allergies – what is there to worry about?

Earlier this month I went to a talk at the Royal Institution about food allergy and intolerance. It was interesting to find that birch pollen is implicated in food allergies – for example, a recent study has shown that some … Continue reading

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