The Truth of Power – Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House by Benjamin R. Barber



Enemies of A. Giddens would be well-advised to post him this book.

It may well prompt him to leap from the LSE roof.

Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Finnegans Cover

Finnegans Inside

Happy Birthday B[?]

– Don’t read it all at once!

Hannah xx

Published in: on March 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poems of John Keats



2nd July 2014

For Garo,

I know not when your birthday is, but here is a small gift, a sign of appreciation of many years of enduring friendship & affinity.


Much love

Marai Clare

Published in: Uncategorized on March 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

1066 And All That by W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman



To Dear Stephen,

proto martyr and friend to a very grateful neurotic.

Look after yourself.

J of the C

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy




Dear Friend

I think you probably already know how this story ends…

but happy reading anyway!

much love


Published in: on February 27, 2015 at 9:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Memoir of Old Humphrey by Mr. George Mogridge

MemCov Meminside   [Signature] W.W. James, fils de mm James 6th Sept. 1900 from Cousin Elizabeth York. Formerly belonging to Uncle Jim James of Kingsthorpe whom she thinks he resembles somewhat his uncle Compton James now in Philadelphia USA.

How to Lose Friends and Other Social Graces by Hans Lehmann




For the Stephen Grosz family, who obviously have made too many friends and need to learn how to lose some.


Hans Lehmann

Visiting Mrs. Nabokov by Martin Amis

VisitingMrsN Cover

VisitingMrsN Inside

“Would you please keep it down up there??? I’m trying to sleep. This is Norma.” – the stunted mutterings of my jerkass landlady about the time things were about to get shockingly, unforgivably violent!

Happy V-day!


Published in: on February 13, 2015 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Byron by André Maurois

Byron Inside

Byron Cover

To Stanley & Margaret

With love from Beatrice

In memory of Ralph

4th March 1979

Published in: on February 1, 2015 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison

Kiss Cover

Kiss Inside 1


Kiss Inside 2

Dear L

didn’t wrap this, not a proper present ‘cos bought it from 2nd hand shop, but you can’t have a present that does not include a book!

It’s a book I just finished. It’s not in any way “significant” (i.e. it’s partly about a mother/daughter relationship, but it’s not a parallel or anything). In fact it’s fairly devastating; I found it so distressing I wanted to give up after the first 1/3, but was trapped on a train with it, and not reading wd have

been more distressing! In the end it was worth it, some sort of closure, and it’s a memoir, the writer’s life; written so lyrically, spare + forgiving, it is going to stay with me. But if you don’t want to read it, I can empathize.


Published in: on January 29, 2015 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 275 other followers