Literary resolutions 2013
To read as many titles published by the Persephone Press as possible. Neglected, often but not exclusively female, writers resurrected in elegant gray covers, they so rarely miss the target and are worth every penny.
To subscribe to the New York Review of Books – they provide a fresh take on writers the UK does not cover, as our broadsheets relentlessly poach off each other from the small pool of authors found to be universally acceptable, or at the very least commercially viable.
To attend, and report on, more literary festivals, especially in Scotland. In April Ian Rankin and John Banville are reading at the Colonsay Literary Festival (an island in the Hebrides with a population of 126). Expect several Compton Mackenzie references when one of our editors reports.
To finally complete The Man Without Qualities. This may have to wait until the summer.
To review more novels published in the last decade.
To buy a proper bookshelf.
To spend more time/money in London bookshops.