White Sheets

I don’t often write about my reading on here. I tried my hand at reviews, didn’t like doing them, so stopped. I think because for ages and ages I was a librarian all I did all day was talk to people about books and I didn’t want to do it here. I think that’s worn off now, and I’m having fun with my time to read again.

Since finishing Cold Light I’ve been reading The Accidental, by Ali Smith (again) and Sherlock Homes stories, and Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski (third or fourth time) and short stories by Ailsa Cox (The Real Louise, and Other Stories) and Black Rock by Amanda Smyth and I’ve just started reading Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. I am looking forward to reading The Leaping by Thomas Fletcher and my friend Zoe Lambert has a short story collection out soon and I am looking forward to that too. I have also read How Fiction Works by James Wood and The Borrowers by Mary Norton and Stig of the Dump by Clive King (the two last books were my favourite books in the world when I was little along with The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren)

I really, really like Skating to Antarctica. I like how she mucks about with facts and true things, novels and autobiographies. Mainly I like reading about how much she wants to be in a white room, with white walls and white bedsheets and nothing to look at or do but white. Every time I read it it makes me think yes, that is exactly how it is. I want to write a book that makes people do nothing except sit very still and nod a little bit. That would be plenty. 

4 responses to “White Sheets”

  1. belljarblog says:

    You already HAVE written a book that makes people sit perfectly still and nod their heads a little bit. I know, I watched Smily Man reading it.

  2. Sarah Hymas says:

    Skating to Antarctica is one of my all time fave books too – a brilliant feat of extrovert and introvert travelogue. Can you suggest another book of hers that comes close?

  3. Jenn Ashworth says:

    Jabberwocky – it is for that reason that reading is really important to me, even when I don't blog about it much on here. When I read something really great it refreshes me and makes me want to do more writing – I think, yes, it is possible to do this sort of thing with words, I will go back to my computer and try harder…

    Jo – thank you. I am Smily Man's biggest fan!

    Sarah – I've read most of her fiction, but I think my two favourite books are Skating to Antartica and then Strangers on a Train. There's a newish one out called 'Apology for the Woman Writing' which I haven't tried yet, although it is on my to read pile.

  4. Ivy and Haley says:

    You know, I've never even heard of that book but I am absolutely OBSESSED with all things Antarctica! I just got home from a three much research expedition and I'm already trying to figure out how to get back…thanks for posting about this book!

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