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Book Gifts: the wonderful Heywood Hill

Want to give someone something special? UK firm Heywood Hill offers a brilliant book gift I’ve enjoyed this year. Hands up if you love Amazon! The US mail-order giant dominates our lives. In some countries, such as Austria, consumers go to great lengths to avoid using Amazon. Elsewhere, people shrug and say the convenience outweighs their dislike of a near-monopoly

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Smirnoff I Used to be a very civil servant
Biography

Stopping work: how it feels

‘So,’ the glamorous woman asks me. ‘What do you do?’ ‘I’m a writer based in Vienna,’ I say. ‘Oh.’ She looks at me blankly and

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The Nameless Ones

Who knew that a conscience could be contagious? – Angel, musing, in The Nameless Ones I received my copy of The Nameless Ones, No. 19

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Chernobyl fun fair
Miscellany

The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops, by E M Forster, is a brilliant analysis of how humankind is going wrong right now. Forster wrote it in 1909. Here

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Middlemarch quotations

This is my fourth and final collection of Middlemarch quotations. The book teems with exquisite epigrams, insights and laugh-out-loud observations. Read, and relish. I’ve published

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Robert Pimm podcasts

Robert Pimm podcasts are a new way of listening to posts about writing, books and stories. Comments and feedback humbly accepted. How about some Robert

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Blood Summit

Who is watching the watchers?

“Who is watching the watchers?” from the Latin phrase “quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”, is a preoccupation for modern democracies. Can we trust the people we

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