A Story About a Story: How a Writer Found Inspiration

For the past week, I’ve woken up every night in a cold sweat. It’s not the thought of bills, chores or work that wakes me – it’s my novel.

That’s right – my novel. Continue reading “A Story About a Story: How a Writer Found Inspiration”

Buried but Not Forgotten: The Oldest Story on Earth

Until relatively recent history no one knew that across the Tigress and buried within a mound in Nineveh lay the oldest written piece of literature on Earth. In 1840 however, Austen Henry Layard, an English archaeologist and explorer, started digging. His efforts uncovered the library of Ashurbanipal, king of the Neo-Assyrian empire and fan of a good yarn for within the hoard lay treasure – the epic of Gilgamesh.

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The Heart is a Library Hunter

My first memories belong to the surreal landscape of childhood. Cushioned in tenderness, they flicker a blurred reel of mango trees, mud pies and mosquito screens.

Occasionally, through the fuzz, concrete moments come into focus. For me, the first of those is the imprint of a rainy afternoon in a library. Continue reading “The Heart is a Library Hunter”

Where the Bookish Bed Down: Accommodation for Bibliophiles

When booking a hotel, everyone has a wish list.

Is there room service? Twenty-four-hour reception? A spa? All valid questions and indeed necessary to know.

However, no matter how fluffy the bathrobe or late the check-out, the one drawcard that never fails to entice the final digit of my CVC is a hotel with books.

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