Phew, that's risky, someone had better correct that title, it can't be right.
More Booker shortlisters and prize draws coming up next week but I do have exciting news which means that after all this diligent Bookerthoning I won't even be in the country when the shortlist is announced. I've been invited to be Blogeur en Residence for a week and so I'm taking you all on a foreign excursion, better all check your passports and brush up on the French conversation au necessaire because next Saturday nous sommes flying to Bergerac in the Dordogne et nous sommes in for a tres exciting time...ici, voila, c'est magnifique.
Mais oui, les griffonnages gris de lecteur de colombe va en France.
Right, I promise to stop messing about with
my O Level French babelfish now.
The reading list put together by Memoir Writing Course tutors Penelope Lively and Julia Blackburn looks awesome and please be advised it has taken willpower above and beyond the norm not to launch right into this pile of reading in order to do justice to the Bookerthon.
Just look, Vladimir Nabokov, Leo Tolstoy, Rudyard Kipling (not there yet) Hilary Mantel, Martin Amis along with Alan Bennett, Italo Calvino, Tove Jansen and Norman Lewis.
Some new and exciting reading in there for me alongside some old favourites.
I shall be participating in the course as well as getting out and about with my camera and sharing my personal experiences of the whole week with you all as I learn about memoir writing at the pen nib of the experts.That said all will be done whilst being mindful that for the others it is a confidential week of writing experience and their lives are not for public consumption.
Expect pictures of French countryside along with pictures of the 'long,lavish lunches' and probably some of those 'tranquil' deckchair moments and my own thoughts on some of this fabulous reading list. Those books feel like lush green pastures as far as the eye can see after much hard work to sift out the intermittent touches of verdant in this year's Bookerthon.
Now I'm also thinking of some more French reading to take along
There's that book of French stories from OUP waiting patiently and then I've been promising myself some more Zola.