From Clapham to The Quantocks: In Pursuit of In Pursuit of Spring

22 March 2017 // Books //Cycling

Dear all, Next week I will be re-creating a bicycle ride the poet Edward Thomas made in 1913 entitled In Pursuit Of Spring. I’ll be doing this on my 1910 Royal Enfield machine using 1910 Ordnance Survey Maps with my colleague Geoffrey Everett-Brown. We plan to end up on the north coast of Somerset by […]

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Living with Gef

16 March 2017 // Books //Events

During the mid-1930s, British and overseas newspapers were full of incredible stories about Gef, a ‘talking mongoose’ or ‘man-weasel’ who had allegedly appeared in the home of the Irvings, a farming family in a remote district of the Isle of Man. This bizarre story is the focus of Christopher Josiffe’s forthcoming book, Gef! The Strange […]

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The Caught by the River Book of the Month: March

11 March 2017 // Books

A Line Made By Walking by Sara Baume (Heinemann, hardback, 320 pages. Out now and available here.) Review by Martha Sprackland Sara Baume’s inventive debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, appeared to widespread praise two years ago, collecting a number of high-profile shortlistings (including the Costa and Guardian first novel prizes, and both the Warwick […]

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News From Penkiln Burn: IRELAND VERSUS ISRAEL

9 March 2017 // Books

IRELAND VERSUS ISRAEL is a book. The title of the book exists for two reasons. One: To get the casual browser to pick up the book, turn it over and read the words on the back cover thereby clinching a sale. Two: To signify the contents of the book It will take you to buy […]

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World Book Day

2 March 2017 // Books

Today is World Book Day. Given that we think books are cool and important, and we run a lot of content related to them, we thought we’d mark the occasion with a look back at some of our most favourite literary nuggets from the Caught by the River archive. Back in 2012, we rounded up […]

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