Thanks for checking out The Matilda Project! If you’re curious about the person behind the ranting, this is my potted bio.
When I was a kid I had no friends because while the other children were playing tag or football or hide-and-seek I was sitting in the corner reading a book and wishing they’d be quieter. Don’t feel sorry for me; I was perfectly happy.
Reading has been a central part of my life since before I can remember. Long before I learned how to read, my parents took turns reading to me every night before bed and thus was born a lifelong love of paper books, words and stories. I am, I must admit, a bit of a book snob. But I’m not too bad. I think if you’re reading and getting lost in a story and it’s making you happy and making you think then I have absolutely no right to judge you for what book it is that makes you feel that way. I’m just glad you feel it. But personally, I only settle for the really good stuff.
I love everything from a classic Victorian romp with far too many characters to the rewarding challenge of a modernist doorstep, through to magical realism. I firmly believe that you can tell everything you need to know about a person by looking at their bookshelf. In the places of honour on mine, you’ll find Willa Cather, Salman Rushdie, James Joyce, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, William Faulkner, Charles Dickens, Doris Lessing, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche and Ali Smith.
I’m a bit of Luddite; my ‘actual phone’ is a Nokia 1800. Nevertheless, I do make a point of following (in the original sense of the word, not the Twit one) some important goings-on that have to do with all things bookish. So, in addition to my book-hunting escapades I’ll occasionally post about bookselling news and literary prizes and events as well.
I’m told I have an unfortunate habit of making my point and then continuing to talk after I should really stop. With that in mind, so long and happy reading.