Joan Bakewell & Bookmarked

I’m having a rather quiet week and just settling down and reading when I can rather than blogging. I thought I would pop in though and let you know just whats by the bedside. I have a fair few ‘research reads’ ahead of me but I am trying to do it in a whimsical (and I don’t mean funny) style as much as possible.

The main selection of reads are the memoirs/autobiographies/essays and novels of Joan Bakewell’s. Why? Well, I have always liked her when I have seen her on the television, her work on which has won many prizes, and in the UK she is deemed by many as a ‘national treasure’. I am getting very excited, and of course very nervous, as I will be in conversation with her on November the 10th at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester where we will be discussing her novels, her CBE, her tv experiences and much much more…

There is also the fourth Bookmarked on the horizon in just under two weeks, when we will have our ‘supernatural and sci-fi’ night with Ben Aaronovitch and Paul Magrs. I will be reading both of Ben’s novels and Paul’s latest in the lead up, which as they are filled with spooky goings on will be just the things for Halloween, hooray!

You can find out more about Bookmarked here. Sorry about that mini plug, but it is all book related. Have you read any of Joan Bakewell’s novels or her autobiographies/memoirs? What about Ben and Pauls books? Hope to see some of you at either of these events. Any spooky reading suggestions at all?

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Filed under Ben Aaronovitch, Bookmarked Literary Salon, Joan Bakewell, Paul Magrs

4 responses to “Joan Bakewell & Bookmarked

  1. gaskella

    I remember quite enjoying ‘The centre of the bed’ as she was in the front line of journalism/TV for so many big events. However I abandoned her first novel ‘All the nice girls’ after a couple of chapters as I didn’t like the style.

    • I wasnt convinced by the first one though it was an enjoyable if a little throwaway read. The new one is sooooo much better.

      She however was wonderful. A complete and utter delight to spend an evening with.

  2. Congratulations on you upcoming interview with Bakewell. I have benever read her work but am now curious about it. As for Halloween reads I just finished “Let Me In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Quite a gristly, creepy read!

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