Spenser in the Lockdown: Means of Gladsome Solace?

Spenser in the Lockdown: Means of Gladsome Solace?

Lockdown reading takes many forms, from the rediscovery of the attractions of Jane Austen’s socially enclosed worlds, to the recognition of the predictive power of texts like Camus’s La Peste, or Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. As a specialist in Renaissance...
A Little Gem

A Little Gem

As a collector of anything to do with writing and examples of printing, I was trying to update the catalogue of my collection and came across this little book, which I wondered may be of some interest.  It measures 14cm h by 9½cm w and consists of 93 pages. ...
Spenser in the Lockdown: Means of Gladsome Solace?

Reading for wellbeing on board the Torrens

As France entered strictly regulated ‘confinement’ in mid-March I was finishing a book chapter about spaces of reading (and writing) on the purpose-built fast passenger clipper the Torrens. With her unusually long poop deck she carried only about 50 first...
Learning to Read

Learning to Read

Here is this week’s pile of books. No doubt they will last longer than a week – as Susan Elderkin noted in her blog, it is not easy to read in a pandemic. When I was completing my doctoral research around full-time work, I used to have a daydream of being sent to...