Wednesday 20 March 2013

Book Event

On Saturday 24 March at 12.00 I'll be at the Oxford Literary Festival talking about the 1950s with D.J.Taylor and Richard Bradford. The event's called "The Glamour Decade? Amis, Larkin and Others"

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Books and Bees

A couple of nights ago I finished Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It took a bit longer than I planned but this was partly because towards the end I was enjoying it so much that I rationed myself to 10 pages a night. It's certainly one of the greatest things I've ever read, staggering in its range, brilliantly witty and full of horrors.
This is an anxious time for beekeepers since they can't be sure they are still beekeepers, as their hives may not have survived the winter and it's too early to take off the roofs and look inside. Each of mine has a pack of Apifonda candy so at least they won't starve, but this current bitter weather is just what they don't want. We'll see.