Author Archives: Nigel Smith

How can we be sure old books were ever read?

Originally posted on University of Glasgow Library Blog:
My Library, by Tom Gauld. Used with kind permission of Tom Gauld The ‘book fool’ by Albrecht Dürer in Sebastian Brant’s Das Narrenschiff (Sp Coll BD16-e.4) Owning a book isn’t the same as…

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Publishing an ebook (Part 2)

Having got Flag Fen: a concise Archæoguide successfully published for Kindle (see Part 1) I wanted to get it published to other platforms as an epub file (and other formats). Not least, I wouldn’t be comfortable with Amazon having a monopoly … Continue reading

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Paul Hamilton, Kevin Eldon’s Prefect Cousin

I must admit to taking up Kevin Eldon’s My Prefect Cousin: a short biography of Paul Hamilton with some trepidation. Comedians often don’t make good authors – what’s funny in a stand-up routine, when written down, only takes up a … Continue reading

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Flag Fen: a Concise Archæoguide

Originally posted on Francis Pryor – In the Long Run:
And now for a big digression: I’m moving aside for a guest blogger, my niece Alice Smith, herself an active blogger on the theatre. She has just graduated from Leeds in…

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Publishing an ebook: a steep learning curve (Part 1)

A couple of years ago Francis Pryor wrote an ebook, Flag Fen: a Concise Archæoguide, but recently the publisher decided his company was moving on to new projects and so the book became unavailable. As Francis is my brother-in-law I offered … Continue reading

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Tower of London Scaffold Tour

This morning I was lucky enough to be able to join a group of people getting a close-up view of some conservation work currently being undertaken on Bowyer Tower and adjacent walls. Most visitors to the Tower of London probably … Continue reading

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Ice Age Art at the British Museum

There are a lot of benefits derived from being a member of the Council for British Archaeology, but I think yesterday’s private view of Ice Age Art at the British Museum was, by itself, worth the membership fee. Space …….…….. … Continue reading

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