Bookish news on the web this week - 9 May 2015
Turning the Page: Top 10 Coolest Bookshops in Britain to Visit on Your Next Trip – The Bookshop Tour of Britain
Anglotopia (from Chicago)
"If you love reading (and you’re on this site so you clearly do), then you love a great bookshop. I’m not talking Barnes & Noble or W.H. Smith either, but a properly independent shop. We can all picture what our ideal bookshop looks like: comfy chairs, old wood, older books, and smelling like a library with a slight hint of coffee or tea. All over the United Kingdom, you can find great bookshops to walk in, browse, and find something to take home with you." PS There are some great ones in Ireland, too.
Rob Sinclair On Forensic Accounting
Rob Sinclair for Crime Thriller Fella
"But as well as being a writer, author Rob has an equally-fascinating day job… he’s an accountant! / But not just any old accountant, Rob is a forensic accountant, investigating fraud and corruption. His work dovetails nicely with his career as a novelist, taking him close to the kind of criminal world he writes about." Read my review of Rob Sinclair's first book Dance With the Enemy.
A Return To The Western Shore: Anne Enright On Yielding To The Irish Tradition
Anne Enright in the Guardian
"Suffering a touch of midlife madness, the author found herself drawn to the dramatic west coast of Ireland and a way of writing she had always resisted – one with a strong connection to her past"
The Foundling Museum: The Children's Story
Elizabeth Hawksley for Historical Romance
"Recently, I visited the Foundling Museum which celebrates the history of the Foundling Hospital founded in 1739 by the redoubtable sea captain, Thomas Coram, who was horrified by the sight of starving and abandoned infants on the streets of London. Without clean drinking water or a proper sewage system, the streets, particularly in the poorer districts, were filthy and disease-ridden. 75% of the children died before they were five and, amongst the poor, it was 90%."
Messy Plots, Audience Participation And Uncertain Endings: How Digital Storytelling Revives The Ancient Art Of Gossip
Katherine May for Aeon
"Since language began, we have told stories, but we have lived them, too. The stories we tell, from the earliest oral traditions to the current dominant narrative forms of the novel, TV series and movie, are bounded by the expectation that they will progress towards a conclusion. Whether this is a trite happy ending, a twist in the tale or the more complex sense of a protagonist having gone on a transformative journey, we clearly demarcate the edges of our tale; and if the narrative itself doesn’t make the ending clear, then the bottom of the page surely will. Storylines that fail to resolve invite howls of pain from audiences."
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