In praise of the paper-and-ink

There's a place you can go where everything smells of unicorns and chocolate sprinkles. Stuff Disneyland. Just take me to Waterstone's. (I am putting the apostrophe back in, because COME ON, WATERSTONE'S.) The Waterstone's at home was a house of wonders. The books sat in the old Wool Exchange building in Bradford, and I breathed … Continue reading In praise of the paper-and-ink

The best game in the world: dawn chorus edition

It's almost 8.30am, and Henry, after his usual 5am freak-out, is still asleep. I have been capering around, giddy with it, since I woke up ten minutes ago. Ever tried to get down our creaky stairs in absolute silence? It requires some Spiderman-like ankle work, let me tell you. via iwastesomuchtime.com So before we start … Continue reading The best game in the world: dawn chorus edition

Henry, Jasper Fforde and the raisins that wanted to be free

Having just one baby-sized child is a bit like a trial run for having children in general. For one thing, we're making everything up as we go along. Every new phase is a bright astonishing thing. For another, he's pretty good at going everywhere with us. He doesn't care where we are as long as we're … Continue reading Henry, Jasper Fforde and the raisins that wanted to be free

The best game in the world: on my bookshelf in July

Guess where I went today? Oh, a brand new library yes that's right. Let's play Timothy's absolute favourite game in the whole world (honest). He's out, so it's just you and me. Are you ready? You'll love it. What I Got From The Library and Why: (ba-da-da-daaaaaa) Considering Reading Central comprises three floors and categorises … Continue reading The best game in the world: on my bookshelf in July

Thomas Cromwell just made my weekend

It came! It came! I got a phone call from Waterstones on Thursday. 'Mrs Jeffcoat, this is Waterstones', the chap said. Oh good, I thought. Are we friends now? That's cool. 'I just wanted to let you know that Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies was released today', said the chap. You guys, I didn't … Continue reading Thomas Cromwell just made my weekend

Treasures

Want to see a photo of all my worldly wealth? Here it is: These are the books I love; the ones I have a history with; the ones I didn't throw away for a reason. I packed them all up today in preparation for moving the bookshelves and laying a new floor. And I feel … Continue reading Treasures