A week in books blogs

Link: Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog – books: A week in books blogs.

I have achieved another five minutes of fame: a mention in the Guardian this week. From thearticle/post linked above, by Sarah Crown:

"Congratulations for what sounds like a remarkable book," offers Petrona, although she, too, is irritated by "the extent of the media coverage that has been given to the fact that she has never been to Canada, in comparison with discussion of the book itself. Since the invention of the papyrus and parchment, people have written about events and places that they have witnessed only in their imagination. It is interesting to be able to write convincingly about somewhere you have never been, but not overwhelmingly so."

(Thanks to the mysterious "Jonathan" for first drawing my attention to this piece via the comments on Petrona; to James for keeping a copy of the paper for me; and to my admirable ex-colleage Nell Boase, now of the Guardian, she knows why. And, of course, thanks to Frank Wilson of Books, Inq. for also linking to my post.)

11 thoughts on “A week in books blogs

  1. Do you READ ‘The Guardian’? If not, I could blog about the fact that – like writing about Canada without going there – you can appear in a newspaper which you’ve never read! 😉
    Of course the point you make is spot-on and, as you say, some writers write about places where NOBODY has ever been: Wonderland, Narnia, Never Land, Middle-earth, Oz…

  2. Neat observation, Brian. I do read their book blogs but not the actual paper — it is too much preaching to the converted, and too much about, written and read by rich people who don’t practice what they all do so much preaching about. So I wrote about a book I hadn’t read in a paper I don’t read, but the wonderful old Internet tipped me off!
    (Apols for my Nell-related typo, she’s an ex-colleague, not a warped kind of building.)

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