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

When and Why You Should Stop Reading…Hari Kunzru QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I used to force myself to finish everything I started, which I think is quite good discipline when you’re young, but once you’ve established your taste, and the penny drops … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Elizabeth Goudge on what to read in times of trouble QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and readers)

In times of storm and tempest, of indecision and desolation, a book already known and loved makes better reading than something new and untried … nothing is so warming and … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

The novel combines freedom with intimacy says JANE SMILEY Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

To me as a reader, this greatest thing about the novel…is that it gives access to the mind of the writer. Our Mutual Friend is a perfect example of this: … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · 3 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

Gabriel Garcia Marquez on what gave him permission to write…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read ‘The Metamorphosis’. … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

This is a first for me….

I’m performing in a horse box next Friday and Saturday at Brighton Festival Fringe. I’m told it’s a very nice horse box and it is sited right next door to … Continue reading

May 2, 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

“There are only four kinds of readers…” Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

There are only four kinds of readers. The first is like the hour-glass; their reading being as the sand, it runs in and it runs out, and leaves no vestige … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

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

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

How fast can you read? Test yourself

My score was 477 per minute in this timed test (which apparently is 91% faster than the rest of the population if you’re feeling competitive.) Click the screen above to … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 1 Comment