|London Review Bookshop|
On a recent evening in Bloomsbury, a cache of like-minded souls gathered in the London review of Books Bookshop after hours. The draw-card? Poet Ruth Padel being interviewed by Scottish novelist Andrew O’Hagan, and then reading parts of her new book ‘The Mara Crossing’.
|Cordon Bleu tea|
|The food has to good, right?|
|The new publication|
In fact, like all good bookshop talks, something for everyone.
An excerpt to whet your poetic appetite:
‘Time to Fly’
You go because...someone has offered you a job. You go because the dog is going too. Because the Grand Vizier sent paramilitaries to your home last night, you have to go quick and leave the dog behind.
You go because you’ve eaten the dog and that’s it, there’s nothing else.
You go because you’ve given up and might as well.
Because your love is dead - because she laughed at you. You go because she’s coming with you: it will be a big adventure and you’ll live happily ever after.
You go in hope, in faith, in haste; in high spirits, deep sorrow, deep snow, deep shit and without question....
You go from pole to pole, you go because you can, you sleep and mate on the wing. You go because you need a place to shed your skin in safety.
You go with a thousand questions but you are growing up, growing old, moving on. Say goodbye to the might-have-beens - you can’t step into the same river twice...
You go because you must.
I particularly liked that philosophic reference to the river of Heraclitus...the inevitabiity of change.
|Did I buy the book? Of course I did.|