Guest posts and updates

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It’s been a busy week here in Libro land, so a quick update is probably in order…

First, those guest posts:

Bernadette Jones from First4Admin, who did a guest post on this blog a little while ago, returned the favour and asked me to write a post for her. This is how it came out. First4Admin offer virtual secretarial support, and I help by providing additional services from my skillset if their customers need them.

Carolyn Page from Colporteur asked me to review a book for their Bookshelf, which I duly did (click here and choose How To Write A Marketing Plan). I’ve done some copyediting work for Colporteur, and they are marketing gurus with an excellent Twitter feed offering marketing tips. Carolyn will hopefully also be guesting on this blog in due course.

In other news, I’ve signed a new contract at the Library, meaning I’ll be working there just 3 days a week from May. This will give me a lot more time for Libro work (and a LIFE, too, I hope) and is an exciting new prospect. If you were thinking of using or recommending my services, but didn’t think I had the time, this is the time to do it as I open up to offer services to some new clients.

And my Iris Murdoch project is going apace, but I still have room for some book groups to join it. Select “Iris Murdoch” from the category cloud to the right for all the latest posts, including a report from the first group to read the book for me.

Iris Murdoch project update – the first group leader speaks


My first book group has now read “The Bell”, discussed it, and filled in my questionnaire. I asked the group leader to share their experience of taking part in the study to reassure people who are currently signed up and hopefully encourage other groups to join in. Thank you, Book Group Leader A!

“Really enjoyed reading the book and the discussion was really easy for me as everyone had so much to say that I barely had to lead the discussion at all. I’ve attached the notes, your questions fitted in easily with our discussion, so I wrote everything down, though felt like we discussed more than just my scrawled three A5 pages. Also, I think I mentioned I was a bit worried about collecting the [demographic – age, etc.] information from people, but I printed the questions on slips, let everyone fill them out and then popped them in an envelope I sealed and no one had any problems with it.”

As there were no comments or changes to make to the actual questionnaire itself, I will be able to send it out to those groups who are reading and discussing the book in April in the next few days – watch your inboxes.

If you’re interested in taking part in this research, do have a look at my other posts (choose “Iris Murdoch” from the category cloud on the right) or my web page about the basic principles behind the research project – and do contact me if you’d like to be involved or have any queries.

HELEN CROSS – Spilt Milk, Black Coffee


04 Dec 2010 – charity shop

Jackie is a brassy, unrepentant blonde, the kind of woman you see in the papers because she’s left her kids home alone and gone on holiday. In fact, that’s exactly what she’s done. Her colleague Amir is torn between lust – and something else – for Jackie and the demands of his family. Narrated in the beautifully-delineated voices of Amir, his brother, and Elle, Jackie’s daughter (it’s fascinating to see her developing knowledge about the world around her), this is lyrical, evocative, sharp and defiant – a page-turner and a work of inventive and expressive literature.

It reminded me a bit of “Beauty” by Raphael Selbourne with the northern/midlands setting and range of characters.

Highly recommended and will be sending it out on a bookring.

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