Book Review: Paul Auster's The Book of Illusions (Plus Get The Copy Free)

Book Review: Paul Auster’s The Book of Illusions (Plus Get The Copy Free)

Hi there friends. I recently finished the amazing The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster. It's a truly remarkable story. If you want to read it, then simply like my page and I'll send it to the first person who does so. The Narrative (No spoilers)  Academic David Zimmer's life is completely devastated when his…

Six Words To Use In Business Meetings That You've Never Heard Before

Six Words To Use In Business Meetings That You’ve Never Heard Before

These words are brilliantly archaic and devilishly cheeky. They should be employed in those workday moments when you want to have a good laugh. Or if you simply want to shoot the breeze and have a more interesting water-cooler conversation. Pedeconferencing Pedeconferencing is the sensation of holding a meeting while on the move, with coffee in hand…

How Old Norse Became English: A Viking Epic

Now I can't take credit for this one, I found it here on Babbel, but it was just so so so amazing that I needed to share it with all of you bookworms. I've written about Vikings before and I also love that Vikings drama series on History, soon be coming into its third season,…

Fifty Words To Help You Flirt Well

50 Beautiful Words To Sprinkle Into Communications

Our digital world is swarming with recently made-up words like YOLO and SWAG, plus misappropriated words like 'awesome' to mean pretty much everything. This demands that literary types everywhere come out of the woodwork in protest! Here are some luscious and fulsome words to sprinkle liberally into your communications. Alternately you could wield these words as Gandalf would…

Samuel Beckett and Cats Talk About The Pointlessness of Existence

Samuel Beckett and Cats Talk About The Pointlessness of Existence

Universally emo playwright Samuel Beckett writer of the classic play Waiting for Godot, is pitch perfect for some sad feline company. I don't know why nobody thought of this before? Here are some deadly serious Samuel Beckett quotes along with self-conscious, awkward and pissed off cats. Genius! See more at Beckittns Here's another tear-jerker, a collection…

Creative writing: Remember the kaleidoscope and lighthouse

Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, was published more than 100 years ago, yet it's still considered as epitome of correct English usage. Although some of the best writers break the rules. Writers like Virginia Woolf and H.G Wells played around with our perceptions of correct usage and so have more contemporary writers. Yet…

Fumblerules: Funny Approaches to Grammar

Fumblerules: Funny Approaches to Grammar

Have a fumble around this funny list of dodgy sentence structure and grammar. Created in 1979 by New York Times columnist William Safire, he published them in his column 'On Language'. Remember to never split an infinitive. A preposition is something never to end a sentence with. The passive voice should never be used. Avoid…

Morrissey: Spoken Word

Morrissey is always beguiling and shape-shifting with his art. The below video is some interesting spoken word by Moz featuring Pamela Anderson. 'Earth Is The Loneliest Planet' is the third single from Morrissey's upcoming album 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'. There is also a companion film that features Moz doing lyric narration while he…

Book Review: The Sense of An Ending

Julian Barnes Jonathan Cape Publishing (2011). This book is about Tony Webster and his friends; who get a privileged academic education in 50's London. However, they get their real education from a series of devastating events. The truth about these is slowly revealed over the course of time. Fiction writing often takes this tack, however…

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Seven Tips for Writing Top Notch Travel Articles

Whenever you're writing about travel, restaurants, food, wine or any other pleasurable activity for commercial purposes or for news publications, it's vital to use the right tone of voice. A writer must strike a balance between informing, entertaining and sometimes persuading the audience that a particular travel offer is made for them. Here are seven…

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Book Review: Madame Verona Comes Down The Hill

By Dimitri Verhulst Translated from Dutch by David Colmer Portobello Books 2010. Enduring love in a remote Flanders village is given a quirky twist, in this novella by Dimitri Verhulst. Translated from Dutch by David Colmer, it doesn't lose any of its magic or immediacy in English. The story opens with the beautiful and forlorn…

Book Review: The Red House by Mark Haddon

The Red House by Mark Haddon is a domestic drama that gets right under the skin of family life. The idea of 'family' takes on an intimate, shockingly beautiful and grotesque patina in this book. The story centres around a brother and sister and their respective families, who take a seemingly innocuous trip to stay…

Book Review: A Visit From The Goon Squad http://wp.me/p41CQf-4Q

Book Review: A Visit From The Goon Squad

Constable & Robinson (2011).  This fictional novel by Jennifer Egan is an insight into American life from the 1960's onwards. A kaleidoscope of relationships, strong personalities and memories all jolt back and forth in time. Themes covered in the book include family dysfunction, communication breakdown, desire and love, death and ageing. All of these grim…

Eight Amazing Ways to Ignite the Fire of Creativity

The routines, the jobs, and the monotony of everyday life can take its toll on your imagination. That little spark inside of your soul that wants to paint, write, dance, make music or be the living embodiment of creativity, can become stifled and suffocated. Source: http://pixabay.com/en/fireworks-brno-reservoir-139924/ Unless you allow yourself to be indulgently selfish. I don't…