Ian Rankin’s Autograph

Dear Diary, I am so excited. I am still so very excited. I am still like a kid before Christmas morning. Well, it is the morning after, but I am still very much excited. I’ve met Ian Rankin yesterday. If you do not know who he is, you’ve lived under the rock so far… Ian…

Spooky Revelations: Angela Carter

Dear Diary, Have you ever had an instance when something or someone is following you. No, I do not mean a stalker. I mean… A book, a person, a place, an action, an event… any of the above keeps popping up in your life with a weary persistence. You keep seeing the same thing everywhere…

Writers Quote Challenge Prompt

Dear Diary, Today I am joining in this fun and exciting challenge: Writers Quote Now it is the matter of finding a very good quote…. How about this one: This quote comes from one of my favourite authors Alexandre Dumas (the father), author of The Musketeers’ adventures. I challenge you to take up this quest….

Charity Box Book – Double Cross by James Patterson

 My next book in ‘Charity Box’ pile was Double Cross by James Patterson Just when Alex thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game–this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington D.C. have…

6 words story challenge

Friends bet Hemingway to write a short story in 6 words. Friends paid up. It is even said that Hemingway considered this story his best work. Can anyone do better?

New Year Resolutions: Books and Reading

Good morning, world Today I opened my e-mail and found a letter from my favourite online book seller Book Depository, offering me a whole big smorgasbord of fiction books. They called this list “Reading resolutions”. We all know about New Year Resolutions. We make them. We break them. We forget about them. How about we…

Call me crazy but I write

Mum and I are watching Russian mini-series Таинственная страсть (Hidden Passion – my translation) based on the novel by Vasily Aksyonov with the same name. It’s a semi-fictitious story about a group of shestidesyatniki (60s youth) – super-talented, popular, extra-sensitive, sharp-tongued but naive and free young men and women who were to become names in the Soviet and Russian and world…

2016 as it was: Books

If you are like me, you are probably a member of a huge number of bookstores, book selling sites and book review groups. I am guilty as charged. I am a member of Australian sites, American, British and Russian as well. I love books and they love me. Every day I read an article or…