BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Why there will always be books with cardboard covers and paper pages – Neil Gaiman QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

As Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, over twenty years before the Kindle showed up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

So, the theory is that I don’t HAVE to read anything ever again…because I’m going to die

Over at Literary Hub, Emily Temple has worked out how many books you are likely to read before you die – combining life expectancy tables and working on the basis … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 10 Comments

Hemingway on what makes a writer – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Why books are better at slow motion than film….Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Watching a scene from a film in slow motion is possible, but there’s an unreal air to it; reading a passage from a book slowly does nothing to rob the … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writers on bookshops and why we have to love them Quotes for Writers (and readers) celebrating National Bookshop Week

Word Power* is everything a book shop should be. It has a local bias, puts on interesting events, and is in a cool part of town. I like book shops … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

All Good Books are Alike…Ernest Hemingway Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 12 Comments

Terry Pratchett on books and writing Quotes for Writers ( and people who like quotes)

Too many people want to have written. Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. The space between the young readers eyeballs and the printed page is a holy … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 9 Comments

Seven books that convinced me making up stories was a fine thing to do….

On Fridays I am returning to some of my favourite posts from the past. To paraphrase BBC radio: this is your chance to read again… Alice in Wonderland and Through … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doris Lessing on the art of reading well — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Sue Townsend on the sex appeal of books — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“I’ve always loved books. I’m passionate about them. I think books are sexy. They are smooth and solid and contain delightful surprises. They smell good. They fit into a handbag … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Franz Kafka on the kind of books we should be reading QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Why we need books and stories and the ability to make things up – Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Without imagination we are all a little in prison A.L. Kennedy BBC Radio Four Point of View June 15th photo credit: boellstiftung via photopin cc

June 15, 2014 · 3 Comments

A book a day for a month — here’s a week of books that made a big impression on me as a child

 #BookADay started yesterday, June 1st. Harper Collins want everyone to share a book a day on twitter for the month of June. We can’t wait for #bookaday to get started … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 5 Comments

Do you know…which country reads the most books, watches the most TV, listens to the radio and uses the internet most often for pleasure…?

TELEVISION Folk in Thailand spend  22.4 hours in front of the television each week. The USA is in 6th place with 19 hours per week and the UK is 9th … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment