Defining the 20th century

The Guardian will run an eight-page supplement on 21 April to feature the "50 most groundbreaking books of the 20th century". Apparently, last year’s "50 best film adaptations" was considered a great success, so the Guardian is now following up with titles that "defined specific decades of the 20th century". The supplement will feature a review of each of the 50 selected books, and "the public" will then vote for the winner, to be announced at the Hay festival.

What books would you say "defined" each decade of the 20th  century? Quite a challenge, I’d say. I’ll have to go away and think about it. Possibly it would be easier to wait for the shortlist of 50 on 21 April.

Foyles at St Pancras

Foyles is set to open a bookstore at St Pancras station, London.  The branch is planned to be 4,000 square feet and will house 20,000 titles plus "gift-related items". The St Pancras/King’s Cross redevelopment, which I’ve been tramping through twice daily for what seems like forever, will be complete in 2009. This is good news in comparison with recent Borders and Waterstone’s UK news, so let’s hope that all is still OK, bookwise, by 2009. Only 2 years to go.

I like the marketing expression that when the development is complete, there will be "an annual footfall of 45 million". No irony was intended, I’m sure, but I find it worth a smile.

Murder in the bath?

J: This is terrible, someone has died in a fire.

M: Oh no, who was it?

J: Someone called James Ocean that I made ages ago. The fire was in the hot tub.

C: Did you make the tub inside?

J: No, I made it outside. But thankfully, he didn’t die because I didn’t save. I have lost all of upstairs, half of downstairs, and two children because I didn’t save. But thankfully, the man didn’t die. I’ll just have to remember it how it was.

Such are the joys (?) of The Sims.