Welcome to my new blog site where I hope visitors will find something to amuse, stimulate and generally find agreeable as they stop by to read. Please let me know if you like what you find via the comments box. You may also reach me through the details on the contact page. I will try to take negative comments on the chin, but I would appreciate it if you would put them as kindly as possible.
My background is in bookselling so this site will inevitably have a lot of book related stuff in it though I plan to include any other cultural items that take my fancy. Art exhibitions and Events will have their own set of pages. There will however be lots of literary content here one way and another. The aim is to have a good mixture of genres and authors under discussion. I am also fascinated by (amongst other things) book challenges, book art, artists’ books, collectable editions, reprinted gems and so on, and on…..
But, I hear you ask, why the title? What is that all about then? The inspiration for this blog came from reading Susan Hill’s Howards End is on the Landing about a year ago. As I read, I found myself both scanning the bookshelves for unread titles and reminiscing about when and where I acquired certain books. There is often a tale behind a book purchase that adds to the experience of reading the book. There are also tales in and around the life of the writer; and one book leads to another and connections are made.
However, the clincher was that I do in fact also have a copy of Howards End on my landing (probably the only thing I can claim to have in common with Susan Hill). So I have decided to read my way around the unread books on the landing bookshelves (of which there are three sets) and keep a record of my progress here. Now, as the landing bookshelves contain mainly classics and some poetry, with a small bookcase of old children’s books I will be diving into newer titles inbetween times. I plan in my first post to go into the composition of the bookshelves in more detail to give you an idea of what may be in store.
Enough about the background, now on with the reading. I hope you will stop by and check out the ‘Landing Blog’ from time to time.