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Friday procrastination: link love – James Bond, books, and blogs

Greetings from sunny Oxford (and for once, it really is sunny). It’s my turn once again to regale you with all things British and linky. So, let’s get down to business, what has been tickling my fancy this week in the world of the web…

Now, this is a big thing to confess. Especially in a forum as public and as respected as the OUP blog. But… here goes. I’ve never, ever seen a James Bond film. I know! However, I have plenty of friends who are committed Bond-o-philes, and who have not only seen the films, but read the books as well. As it’s nearly 100 years since author Ian Fleming was born, Sam Jordison of The Guardian takes a look back at the novels that triggered a film phenomenon.

Speaking of Mr Bond, Sebastian Faulkes – who has been given Official Permission to write a new Bond novel – reveals the books he couldn’t live without. For what it’s worth, I can’t imagine a life without Jane Eyre or Mrs Dalloway. I’m not sure I’d want to.

Out of all the essays I wrote when I was doing my English Literature degree was the one I wrote on Christopher Marlowe. I just love pretty much everything he wrote. The Reader Online posts an excerpt from Dr. Faustus.

A great jacket can be a winner for a book. Similarly, a bad one can spell disaster. The Caustic Cover Critic knows this, and has written my new favourite blog.

In a similar vein, I just can’t get enough of PhotoShopDisasters.

Madonna’s done it. Jordan’s done it. Now ex-Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell has gone and done it. They’ve all written books for children. The Independent asks: “They can sign autographs, but can they actually write?”

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