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Chris calmgrove | Exploring the world of ideas through books

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Chris · 1d ago

Blogs I follow (4)

We come now to the fourth (but unfortunately not the final) instalment in the Blogs I follow mini-series. Here is where I list the last few of the sixtyish WordPress sites with a literary fo...
Chris · 4d ago

A northern struggle

Philip Pullman: Once Upon a Time in the North Engravings by John Lawrence David Fickling Books 2008 A Texas cowboy. A gas balloon. A settlement by the Barents Sea. A polar bear. Local politi...
Chris · 1W ago

Threads

I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space… I’m not great with self-imposed challenges, as you may have noticed: I didn’t complete an author alphabet challen...
Chris · 1W ago

Blogs I follow (3)

This, the third in my series about, well, Blogs that I follow, features book review blogs — given that Calmgrove is mostly about reviewing books. Here is where I list those WordPress sites t...
Chris · 2W ago

Magic, literature and landscapes

What is it about literary landscapes that makes some of us want to be there? And when the places are fictional how can we still put ourselves in those spaces? We’re familiar with the popular...
Chris · 2W ago

Blogs I follow (2)

All shapes and sizes. (In a manner of speaking.) That’s how the blogs I follow appear to me. So here’s where I give a shout out to some of the creative ones, those that attracted me when I w...
Chris · 2W ago

Managing change

Alison Croggon: The River and the Book Walker Books 2015 “All writing comes from the inside,” said Ling Ti. “It burns you with wanting to be written. It’s the writing that matters.” — From C...
Chris · 3W ago

Blogs I follow (1)

How many blogs do you follow? Exactly how many followed blogs is too many to manage? I ask this because I’ve been following around sixty sites for a while now. I’ll be talking about why I fo...
Chris · 3W ago

Austen mania

Due to come into circulation on 14th September 2017, the Bank of England’s new ten-pound note features, as everybody may know by now, Jane Austen. Previewed back in July 2013 in a Bank of En...
Chris · 4W ago

A tale told anew

Horatio Clare: The Prince’s Pen, or Clip’s Truth New Stories from the Mabinogion, Seren 2012 Imagine a dystopian future: most of England is reduced to an archipelago; the world is ruled by s...