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The Accidental Life …

An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers by Terry McDonell Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson  Here’s an irony: If ever a book title needed editing, it could be the one on the cover of award-winning American editor Terry McDonell’s new book. The Accidental Life it’s called—An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers . [...]

Colour me surprised

CLOSE the curtains and crack out the crayons – colouring-in for grown-ups is on its way. Why the closed curtains? Well, you probably wouldn’t want the neighbours to see what you’re doing, would you? I first came across the phenomenon a couple of months ago after discovering that specially designed adult colouring-in books were selling [...]

Putting a name to it

IT BEGAN in the most unlikely way, my search for aptronyms. It was during the course of an animated cyber squabble some time ago about genetically modified produce. The “debate”, between a few like-minded journalists (myself included) and a large national retail chain, raged around certain social media websites for a while. Furious posts filled [...]

Just My Typo

LUCKY me. I’ve really hit the jackpot when it comes to internet competitions – especially on Twitter. Over the course of a couple of years, my loot has included such treasures as a hefty two and a half kilogram Chambers Dictionary; and Scar Tissue, the award-winning memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis [...]

My Salinger Year …

… by Joanna Rakoff Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson   NEW York in the mid-1990s—not a bad place to be for a young woman with writerly aspirations, especially one who’s found work at one of the city’s many literary agencies. It was Joanna Rakoff’s dream job. “. . . there [...]

The font of all wisdom

ARE you true to type? There’s a quick way to find out, apparently, and that’s to check what font you use when you’re bashing away at your keyboard – as most of us do these days, even if it’s only for e-mails. Handwriting used to be the giveaway. Some cutting-edge companies even hired handwriting analysts [...]

1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

… by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off is a book reviewer’s nightmare. With no real  structure, apart from an index “to help you find your favourite bits”, it’s just a string of odd information [...]

Beaten by a word — not!

I WAS feeling pretty down the other day. In fact, on a scale of 1 to Adele, I was truly miserable. Unlike the angst-ridden singer, for me it wasn’t a case of love gone wrong, though. It was far worse – I’d been beaten by a word. That doesn’t happen to me very often. Actually, [...]

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

… by Edward Kelsey Moore Reviewed for NewYork Journal of Books by Stevie Godson A CLUTCH of husbands, wayward and otherwise, a vicious small-town bigot, and even a couple of benign ghosts – including a most unladylike Eleanor Roosevelt – are among the characters who inhabit the pages of professional cellist Edward Kelsey Moore’s enchanting debut novel. [...]

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