This really wasn’t 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 my blogging 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 when I feel the urge, I will blog about other things and pretend it’s all very 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. That’s why I simply can’t spend time ‘mentioning’ or publicising books just because someone writes to me and asks. I’m fond of the occasional sleep and don’t mind having a few minutes every day to talk to my family.
But then, some of the best books I’ve read have come to me in unconventional ways, so it’s always worth letting me know about books. And people who can spell have a higher success rate.
As you can tell from this, I’m a grumpy old thing, so we’ll probably get on famously.
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 too. You just can’t keep a good witch down, and I had several spare minutes a day that needed filling.