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Read in 2016


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Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type coming to a bookstore near you


SO I was enthralled to hear that Tom Hanks was coming to London to sign his new book Uncommon Type: Some Stories (416p, William Heinemann, £16.99) on 2 November 2017 at the event at Waterstones. Uncommon Type is a collection of seventeen wonderful short stories and I can’t wait to get hold of a copy. Note to self: best decision ever was to move to London. No-one important ever comes to Denmark. He’s also appearing at Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival, in collaboration with Penguin Live in Tom Hanks in conversation: Uncommon Type on 1 November 2017, though tickets have long sold out. I’m sad I did not manage to get one. I’ve already ordered a signed copy online from Waterstones, but to get a chance to meet Tom Hanks in person for another signed copy, well is not one that I intend to miss. And what’s more he collects typewriters.

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JRR Tolkien book Beren and Lúthien published after 100 years


“A new book by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is going on sale – 100 years after it was first conceived,” BBC News has reported.

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BIBLIOTHECA will be the most cherished bible in my library

I can’t wait to receive this set. I’ve been waiting two years when BIBLIOTHECA was first announced on Kickstarter. Thank you, Adam!

Bibliotheca: Finished from Bibliotheca on Vimeo.


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Review #13 – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know by Sir Ranulph Fiennes (2009)

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Review #12 – The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard Feynman


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OED timeline challenge: can you guess when these words entered the English language?


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Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

– W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939

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Review #11 – 84, Charing Cross Road (Slightly Foxed Editions) by Helene Hanff (2015)

Link to: Slightly Foxed Editions No. 32

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Review #10 – Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony and Ben Holden (2014)

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What I’ve recently watched: 127 Hours (2010)

Director: Danny Boyle, Writers: Danny Boyle (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay); StarsJames Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara | Based on Aron Rolston’s book: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2004)

I’ve got a soft spot for adventure / biography type films like Cast Away, All is Lost, Life of Pi, and The Grey.

127 Hours was an another entertaining watch and I highly recommend it. James Franco is surprisingly good in his role despite my misgivings from his Spider-man years.

Without ruining it with any spoilers, there is something I always carry with me wherever I go. Can you guess what it is?

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