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 We hope you enjoy reading your way through the site. Please do feel free to keep up to speed with us via our many channels of distribution including the weekly newsletter on a Thursday, our twitter and facebook accounts or by signing up to receive the latests posts as they are published using the follow tab at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. 

 And for those of you who are interested in the name of this site, it comes straight from the following passage of Ernest Hemingway’s biographical classic, A Moveable Feast.

“I started with Turgenev and took the two volumes of A Sportsman’s Sketches and an early book of D.H. Lawrence, I think it was Sons and Lovers, and Sylvia told me to take more books if I wanted.  I chose the Constance Garnett edition of War and Peace, and The Gambler and Other Stories by Dostoyevsky.

‘You won’t be back very soon if you read all that,’ Sylvia said.

‘I’ll be back to pay,’ I said.  ‘I have some money in the flat.’

‘I didn’t mean that,’ she said.  ‘You pay whenever it’s convenient.’

‘When does Joyce come in?’ I asked.

‘If he comes in, it’s usually very late in the afternoon,’ she said. ‘Haven’t you ever seen him?’

‘We’ve seen him at Michaud’s eating with his family,’ I said. ‘But it’s not polite to look at people when they are eating, and Michaud’s is expensive.’

‘Do you eat at home?’

‘Mostly now,’ I said.  ‘We have a good cook.’

‘There aren’t any restaurants in your immediate quarter, are there?’

‘No, how did you know?’

‘Larbaud lived there,’ she said. ‘He liked it very much except for that.’

‘The nearest good cheap place to eat is over by the Panthéon.’

‘I don’t know that quarter.  We eat at home.  You and your wife must come sometime.’

‘Wait and see if I pay you,’ I said. ‘But thank you very much.’

‘Don’t read too fast,’ she said.”

–  Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Anonymous #

    There I was reading the Amerika review and suddenly I thought…either my laptop is finally wigging out after a term of being beaten up at business school OR you’ve added a snowflake graphic for Christmas.

    Nice touch Gents.


    December 20, 2012
  2. colinaffleck #

    Hi, I enjoy reading your posts and think you merit a Liebster Award nomination! Read more about it here:

    October 1, 2013
  3. Hi Colin, thanks very much for this – we really appreciate it and are glad you like the blog. The Editors

    November 2, 2013
  4. Felicity Luke #

    I’m a new reader enjoying your blog very much. You have a treat awaiting you in North London: the wonderful Primrose Hill Books in Regent’s Park Road, and excellent coffee and cakes in the Polish cafe next door.

    November 4, 2013
  5. Felicity, thank you very much for this. We’ll do our best to drop in before Christmas.

    December 2, 2013

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