Month: May 2012

The hidden talents of writers

Posted on 31/05/2012

Perhaps I should begin by confessing that I’ve never been a fan of author discussions. It’s their books I’m interested in – not the authors themselves. I think I fear being disappointed, finding out t …


Friday, 25 May 2012

Posted on 25/05/2012

Last night I went to Flowers Gallery in Kingsland Road to celebrate Tom Phillips 75th Birthday. It was a magnificent dinner, attended by many luminaries of the art, literature and media worlds, with a …


Frightening children and other nightmares

Posted on 24/05/2012

© James Keyser/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image Maurice Sendak died recently. There was a little extra sadness at The Folio Society because we’d been discussing whether we might approach Sendak fo …


Temptations of a book-lover

Posted on 18/05/2012

I visited Sangorski and Sutcliffe’s shop in Mayfair on my day off yesterday. I was curious because a ‘dummy’ of the Diamond Jubilee Bible – a joint endeavour – has arrived in the office, and we’ve all …


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Posted on 02/05/2012

Met David Way of the British Library for a drink last night. He was enthusing about the BL’s acquisition of the St Cuthbert Gospel. This manuscript of St John’s Gospel was buried with Cuthbert and lat …