“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” Alan Bennett, The History Boys

This blog is inspired by those moments in books, described so perfectly by Alan Bennett. I’m a bibliophile and a logophile. I like nothing better than reading books, and this is my excuse to ramble on about the books that I like reading. I hope that by writing something vaguely coherent about my adventures in reading will act as a memory aid—one of the saddest realities (for me) is that there’s simply no time to read all of the books. And so there’s certainly not time to reread any but the very best, so I have to make each reading count.

I have two degrees, and I’ve done a whole range of jobs. My favourites have been: researcher, proofreader, librarian, jewellery maker, and costume designer. I hope to pursue a career in archives, and so this blog is also an opportunity to record the steps I’m taking along the way.

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