Reading the Long Way Around

For someone who has read voraciously from the age of two, hoovering up stories as fast as my parents could deliver them to my often grabbing hands, I have barely read in the 9 months since I started the course. This is partly due to my juggling of two part time jobs, a new business venture and my own writing but mainly because I was stared down by my overwhelming to read pile and globe-circumventing to read list.

Since the first class when David Miller gave us a list of favourite books I have been body slammed, head snapped and sucker punched by new authors and exciting work. If we had time for a bottle of wine I would tell you all about them but I need to continue writing this evening and I am in the middle of making a killer chicken caesar salad. I did however manage to steal enough time today (another story I promise) to finish The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson, the writer in residence for the MA course – and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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