Posted on 17 August 2011 by Sue Williams
A survey published by the academics of the University of Queensland this week concluded that every hour glued to the TV ‘shortens life by 22 minutes’. What better excuse do we bibliophiles have for getting up out of our chairs ( very good exercise) to get another book off the shelf – we’re all going to live longer!
Though I must admit that I would willingly give up 22 minutes of my life to watch Idris Elba in ‘The Wire’ , or indeed in anything,( make that 44 minutes), our brains are surely stimulated more by the inspiring words we read than by any visual input. Books we read in our childhood stay with us throughout our lives. Whether it is the Harry Potter series, or Terry Pratchett’s novels , ‘The Arabian Nights’, or ‘Swallows and Amazons’, two of my personal childhood favourites, remembering them we still get that same tingle of excitement as when we first stepped into those imaginary worlds.
Once seduced by the written word, whether by having stories read to one as a child or having discovered them subsequently, one is hooked for life. And so much is owed to Roald Dahl and J.
Posted on 23 May 2011 by Sue Williams
Amazon’s new strapline for their wonderful Kindle is ‘the book lives on’ – well, that’s a relief.
Of course the book lives on and it would appear that digital versions of books are outselling what most of us think of as a book – the tangible object. What we don’t know is if more ‘books’ are being sold in total. Are more people reading because of the advent of ereaders? Let us really hope so.
However we must look to a dictionary for the definition of ‘book’ : according to Collins, first up is “a number of printed or written pages bound together along one edge and usually protected by thick paper or stiff pasteboard covers” ,but it seems this will no longer suffice, because secondly a book is “ a written work or composition, such as a novel, technical manual, or dictionary”; and only then is followed by various descriptions of bound records, scripts which all can be termed books. There is of course The Book, and we use many phrases incorporating it – a closed book ( a shut down Kindle?), cook the books (crispy Kindle?), in someone’s good books (maybe).
Posted on 15 February 2011 by Sue Williams
Oh to be in England now that everyone is talking about books!
Anne Robinson (brilliant choice) featuring in a new ‘Desert Island Discs’ type book programme on BBC TV, Raymond Chandler on the radio, 400th Anniversary of the Authorised King James Bible, and everyone discussing the exciting initiative that is World Book Night. Could it possibly be that we supporters of the printed word are getting our way? Eat your hearts out ereader readers.
Had many of us really taken very much notice of World Book Day until Jamie Byng got together with a group of publishers to really make a night of it? Well, we at Prometheus Bound are going to do our bit too. For the three days, from March 3rd to March 5th, we are going to be offering anybody who orders a book from us a reduction of £25 off their total bill.
Mother’s Day is looming and with £25 off it’s going to be very reasonable to buy her Read more »
Posted on 30 October 2010 by Sue Williams
Crickey – a very busy week.
I’ve often been too whacked to read as usual at night, though I did find time to indulge my guilty pleasure of Masterchef on TV. Michel Roux is always brilliant and it is such a pleasure to watch him, the real pro in action.
Loving the ‘The Finkler Question’ which undoubtedly deserves its Booker Prize. (long overdue for Jacobson – ‘Kalooki Nights’ was a very special book). What a talent! You laugh, you cry and you adore his characters.
Posted on 29 September 2010 by Sue Williams
“A home without books is like a body without a soul” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Well you’ll have realised by now that I wrote the last piece a while ago and quite a few books have passed under the bridge in the meantime.
I finished the ‘Millenium Trilogy’, – my advice, buy the first, read the dust jacket of the second, buy the third. Such a shame that there will be no more. I got through Middlemarch, just about finishing it in time for the Book Club meeting, phew. Rather mixed response, but all pleased to have read it. I have an admission to make – I read Middlemarch on my, now rather old school, Sony ereader.