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Went through to Stirling yesterday to catch some of the Bloody Scotland Scottish Book Crime Festival.  It was very entertaining, very busy and friendly. Caught Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan talking about Muriel Spark to Alan Taylor, a friend of the author.  Then round the corner to the Albert Halls to hear Irvine Welsh. He wasn't at all what I expected – humorous, affable and no big ego. 
 

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Ha ha. I'm not usually into crime novels but I did love Liam McIlvanney's The Quaker. I was intrigued because he won the McIlvanney Prize. Bittersweet. 

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I've been reading William Trevor's short stories again. Great writer and what an imagination. My Kindle broke so dug out some old books that I had enjoyed. The Kindle is convenient but there's nothing like turning the pages of a real book.

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I love a book but nowadays much of the print is too small and if a book is heavy I find it awkward reading in bed.  My new Kindle has a back light and I like that a lot. 

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I discovered William Trevor whilst living in Athens. I joined the Council Library and read every book in English they had but I got genuinely hooked on Trevor. Mention of him is encouraging me to re-visit him and it will be via Kindle. i do like real books but can afford so many more with a kindle.

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I've revisited Trevor a number of times, Mary. Some of his books stay with him. Great understanding of relationships.  Yes, the Kindle is certainly more economical.  Our house is also bursting at the seams with books. But it is nice to hold a lovely new book. 

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I think it's an age thing! A clearing out! The ludicrous thing is I won't be hear to worry about clearing out all the clutter. I do try to re-cycle as much as possible. Would advise the checking of letters. Some need to be shredded...

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I've got filing cabinets full of stuff that could be shredded.  I'm loving my new Kindle that has an internal light. Perfect for night readers.

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