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JUST FOR FUN

 

As the name suggests, on this page you'll find links to a growing number of things that we thought you'd like - but its all just for fun.

BOOKPLATE MUSINGS

 

This book is mine,

This boot another,

Touch not the one,

For fear of the other! 

 

A CURSE AGAINST STEALERS OF BOOKS

For him that stealeth a book from this library, let it change into a

serpent in his hand & rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, & all

his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for

mercy, & let there be no surcease to his agony till he sink to

dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the Worm that

dieth not, & when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of

hell consume him forever & aye.

-Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona 

 

(with thanks to Su Britton)

 

 

 

  What You Didn't Miss: A Book Of Literary Parodies by DJ Taylor

 

 

what you didn't miss

  Since the late 1990s, Private Eye's "What You Didn't Miss"  column has   trained a vigilant lens on some of the great  literary reputations of our age.   

 Written by DJ Taylor, What You Didn't Miss doubles up as  both a hilarious collection of literary lampoons and an  alternative history of modern English literature.

 

Extracts by kind permission of the publisher

   Constable & Robinson

 

   Diana Athill SOMEWHERE TOWARDS THE END 

 

   Julian Barnes PULSE

 

   Clive James COLLECTED VERSE