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My Shack Awaits

6 April, 2015

Taking a spell for two weeks, with two books written in a frenzied six months. Enough scribbling, and puzzling, column writing already! I'm thrilled by both new titles - Riddledom (out in August) and Wordburger (later this year), but the word cave is feeling cramped.

Time to rekindle my love of reading (for reading's sake), as I head for the shipwreck coast for trekking, snoozing and worshipping the Weber. Let the rain fall, as I'm happy by the hearth. Topping my wish list of books are these babies:  

A Crime in the Neighbourhood - Suzanne Berne

By Hook or by Crook - David Crystal

History of Silence - Lloyd Jones

Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol

House of Grief - Helen Garner

Here & Now - Paul Auster & JM Coetzee

Plus Seamus Heaney's selection of Yeats

Throw in word books, travel books, potboilers and puzzles, and there's my fortnight. So what are you reading? What have read - and what's on the wish list? I'd love to know, and it's good to share as life's too short for the ordinary.

Meantime at DA Central, you can look forward to three lively posts to leaven the customary sequence of WoWs and Birdbrains, with the first to lob later today. Have fun when they come.

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