Fred Vargas is one of my favourite crime fiction writers. It’s not a genre I read extensively but sometimes an author or a series comes to my attention almost by accident. My husband first picked up a Vargas novel from the public library and recommended it to me because I read all of Ian Rankin’s […]
Molly Clavering’s novel Near Neighbours totally captivated me as I read it recently. It tells the story of two neighbouring houses and their occupants in 1950s Edinburgh: Miss Dorothea Balfour in No. 4 and the Lenox family in No. 6 Kirkaldy Crescent. The Balfours had lived at No. 4 ‘for upwards of a hundred years’. On the […]
Originally posted on Manutius in Manchester:
“Aldus Manutius” is the Latinised name of Teobaldo Manucci, an Italian humanist and printer, who was born in 1449 near Rome. After studying Latin and Greek in Rome, Manutius eventually moved to Venice during the 1490s to start a publishing business, funded by his former students – Alberto and…
I can appreciate a good rose perfume and whilst I do not like to wear them myself, they are perfect for me when worn by intelligent and enquiring men: hence Samuel Beckett. The book pictured belongs to my husband and is one of a handful he chose to bring with him across a hemisphere from […]
A presentation I recently gave: If you require further details send me a message.
Symson, E. et al. (1696) A Farther essay relating to the female-sex. Containing six characters, and six perfections. With the description of self-love. To which is added, a character of a compleat beau. 1st edn. London: Printed for A. Roper and E. Wilkinson at the Black-Boy in Fleet-street. I love this image and find it […]