INSIDE A DOG.

Books.

And Other Stuff.

BOOKS. FICTION.

‘That is the joy of reading fiction: when all is said and done, the novel belongs to the reader and his or her imagination’

Alice Hoffman

BOOKS. QUOTES.

Inside A Dog’s Favourite Quotes

Our thoughts on quotes are captured perfectly by Dorothy L Sayers!

'I always have a quotation for everything. It saves original thinking!'

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Dorothy L. Sayers

'I’d write audition pieces for friends, where you’re trying to do bells and whistles so they can look good. And it turns out there’s only a fag paper between that and a short story … '

AL Kennedy

A.L. Kennedy in The Guardian June 2016

'It was enormous fun to write. It's just a meringue!'

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Ann Tyler on writing new novel ‘Vinegar Girl’ –  from The Washington Post June 2016.

'It's not the character and the story that come first - it's the little details - the novelist wants to go in some direction and creates the character to take you there'

Orhan-PamukOrhan Pamuk on his novel ‘A Strangeness In My Mind’ – from interview with Mark Lawson November 2015

LISTENING.

Music and Audiobooks

“A STRANGER CALLED THIS MORNING, DRESSED ALL IN BLACK AND GREY, PUT EVERY SOUND INTO A BAG AND CARRIED THEM AWAY” FROM THE SOUND COLLECTOR BY ROGER McGOUGH

BOOKS. INCOMING.

New Book Buys. And Recommendations.

Like other bibliophiles I’m ever so slightly addicted to books. Book buy lists from recommendations. Book bought piles.

It can take months and even years to get to reading these. So here are my latest book list buys and additions.

New To ‘The List’!

IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY BY SARAH DUNANT

Read review of it at Elle Thinks. Apparently it’s a bit like Wolf Hall but with the Borgias instead of Henry!

New To ‘The Pile!’

THE FINAL BET BY ABDELILAH HAMDOUCHI

An old joy before blogging was crime novels….a post-blogging joy is translated fiction…so this Moroccan Crime Novel should give me the best of both with an apparent nod to Maigret – not a bad direction to nod in! Read review of this first at Winston’s Dad (where I get 99.9% of all my translated fiction ideas!)

New To ‘The Pile!’

THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS BY BERNHARD SCHLINK

Recently spent a week in New York and resisted, resisted, resisted the urge to buy any more books – until saw the most recent novel by Bernhard Schlink, in Barnes and Noble’s store on 5th Avenue – having loved ‘The Reader’ I had to find a space for it between the passport and tickets!

New To ‘The Pile!’

Sometimes I like to live on the edge and judge a book by its cover – at least for the purpose of buying it! I’d read a review of ‘Titian’s Boatman’ at Linda’s Book Bag and liked what I read – it went onto a ‘maybe’ list – but when I saw it I loved the cover and couldn’t resist it. You can find out a bit more about Victoria Blake through this interview on Linda’s Book Bag.

New To ‘The List’!

PIGEON BY ALYS CONRAN

This got shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and I liked the sound of it!

WATCHING.

Films and Events

‘Books and movies are like apples and oranges…… they are both fruit but they taste completely different!’

Stephen King

Read Film and Event Posts

BOOKS. NON FICTION.

Non-Fiction

‘I go into my library and all history unfolds before me. I breathe the morning air of the world while the scent of Eden’s roses yet lingered’ Alexander Smith

Read Non Ficton Posts

BOOKS. RECENT.

Recent Reviews.

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The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Two Pints by Roddy Doyle

Book Review

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

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Use of word 'terrific!"

BOOKS. POETRY.

Poetry

‘Like a piece of ice on a hot stove, the poem must ride on its own melting’

Robert Frost

Poetry Books

A poetry book or anthology is an ever present – a sort of literary comfort blanket to dip in and out of usually!

At the moment we are reading ‘Robert Robinson’s’ new collection.

Excerpts

The benefits of a Scottish education are debatable – but it has left me with a collection of poetry quotes – which we add to when something takes our fancy

Around Us

One of the joys of commuting in London – perhaps the only joy – is the celebration of poetry on London Underground. We’ve even taken circuitous routes home looking for it!

STUFF. STAY TUNED.

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BOOKS. CHATTER.

Occasionally my brain sidles off into cul-de-sacs – book related perhaps but cul-de-sacs nonetheless.

Depending on your point of view these posts are either book related pot-pourri or the signs of a troubled mind!

WHO WE ARE.

About Inside The Dog and I.

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read” Groucho Marx

 

Since I was about 7, I’ve loved reading books. My taste is pretty varied – contemporary fiction, translated fiction, crime thrillers, biographies…pretty much anything really.

Our family dog Beau has different tastes – his only taste in books is simply eating book jackets!!! His taste are more long walks, mud and rivers. And while he does walks, mud and rivers, I listen to audiobooks, podcasts and music.

Originally from Scotland, and now a 30-year exile in London, I still hanker for some things from home, so I wax lyrical about Irn Bru and Scotch Pies along with quoting lines from ‘Gregory’s Girl’!!!

My blog here at Inside A Dog is a just a way to keep me amused and pass the time but if you fancy having a look around…..well you’re very welcome!

CONTACT US.

Get In Touch.

Let me know what you think of the books I’ve read……you’ve read………..my blog…….. or just say hello……………

THANK YOU…..

Help With Inside A Dog

The dog is a luddite when it comes to IT. I’m even more of a luddite! So we need lots of help with Inside A  Dog.

The Theme is Divi from the fabulous people at Elegant Themes.

We are hosted by TSO – no question too daft should be their motto!

The images throughout come from a variety of sources, but in the main I use Unsplash, Little Visuals, Morgue File, Picjumbo, Shutterstock, and the wonderful image sites of Jay Mantri and Ryan McGuire (Gratisography)

MOTTO.

We Came. We Saw. We Concurred. (We’re easy going the Dog and I !!!!)

Thank you for visiting Inside A Dog!