Two Sides to the Story

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

This is a true story. Straight after finishing university, the man who is now my husband spent a short time as an intern in the office of the publication you are reading. His fellow intern was a sixteen-year-old boy, furiously annoyed about being there and subject to periodic check-ins from his headmaster. The name of […]

Fake It Till You Make It

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

This book has a great story to tell – the author calls it, without exaggeration, ‘perhaps the most sensational literary scandal of the last hundred years’ – and Joseph Hone narrates it brilliantly. Strictly speaking, it was not quite a ‘literary’ scandal but rather a bibliographical one, as it involved the faking of physical books, […]

Just My Type

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Books do furnish a room. Folios and quartos and octavos lie in prominent positions on coffee tables or sprawl in untidy piles on the floor. They fill entire walls. Perhaps some are still in pristine dust jackets or those shiny plastic sleeves so beloved of bibliophiles. Others have faded spines, bumped bindings and scarcely legible […]

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