This was never my idea, you know. But now that I’m doing it, I find it’s a lot of fun. Many thanks to Meg Rosoff for starting me on the Bookwitch path, and also to some of my ‘firsts’ like Adèle Geras and Tim Bowler for being both lovely and supportive.
Meg wanted gossip, but there isn’t much of that here. I usually stick to my favourite subjects – authors and their books – as much as I can. Apart from children’s fiction I like crime, but only in books. And if I feel the urge, I will write about other things and pretend it’s a bit literary.
I like hearing from people, and I do appreciate offers of books to review. But somehow I find I can only fit in about a hundred every year, and even very good books get put to one side. So I can’t spend time ‘mentioning’ books and events because someone writes to me and asks. I have my health and well-being to think of.
On the other hand, some of the best books I’ve read have come to me in unconventional ways, so it’s worth letting me know about books. People who can spell have a higher success rate.
Grumpy, that’s me.
Here is a link to my profile on Normblog which may or may not provide more clues to who I am.
And here is a link to the blogs I wrote for the Guardian.
PS From September 2008 I have another blog, which is not about books.
PPS (Always like writing that!) In November 2009 I branched out and created a Swedish Bookwitch.