Monthly Archives: August 2012

What Is a Wall, After All? Or, books for boys who aren’t into stories

I was honoured with the opportunity to read fils aîné his bedtime story this evening – normally that’s very much Daddy’s terrain. The book he chose was one I hadn’t previously read myself and not, strictly speaking, a story… What … Continue reading

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What can you really tell from a book cover?

I was out for lunch with the boys the other day and in the café was a pile of secondhand books for sale in aid of the local hospice. After a quick glance through, there was one that caught my … Continue reading

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – Better Late than Never

Having been unable to get hold of a copy of Inkheart when I was doing my blogathon challenge on translated children’s literature, I have now just finished reading it. About the book: Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo,a … Continue reading

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A Silver and a Gold on the Same Day – Not the Olympics, it’s Story Lab!

In case you can’t decipher the handwriting, for the Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge, fils aîné has read: Ambrose Goes for Gold by Tor Freeman The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont Rastamouse (not sure of the exact title, and … Continue reading

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An Epic Undertaking – the Lymond Saga by Dorothy Dunnett

I’ve just finished yet another fat book, this time Queens’ Play by Dorothy Dunnett (1964), the second in a series of six books telling the story of Francis Crawford of Lymond and published between 1961 and 1975. Everyone I know … Continue reading

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Letters after my name, or becoming a Member of the ITI…

So, I mentioned a while ago that I was applying for membership of the ITI, the “only independent professional association of practising translators and interpreters in the United Kingdom”. It took a while to get all the paperwork together, and … Continue reading

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10 Years Down the Line – Expectations and Reality of Literary Translation

This time ten years ago I was working on my MA dissertation – an annotated translation of Gudrun Pausewang‘s Die Verräterin, which would be published by Andersen Press as Traitor about two years later – eight years ago yesterday, in fact. … Continue reading

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