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About Tully

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  • Birthday 14/04/1970

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    Book design, graphic art, fine art and illustration. Cinema, gardening, cycling.

    Favourite books: The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon.
  • Current Book
    “Rommel?” “Gunner Who?” by Spike Milligan
  1. Does location influence your reading choices?

    Great stuff -- hope you enjoy.
  2. Does location influence your reading choices?

    You do indeed! Yes, Oor Wullie and The Broons are still in The Sunday Post every week… “going strong" might be stretching things, mind you. I think their heyday was the 1940s and 50s whereas now they're a bit insipid
  3. Does location influence your reading choices?

    I'm from Dundee too, though it's 20-odd years since I lived there. Off the top of my head I can only think of one book set in Dundee which I've read and that was Witch's Blood by William Blain. Not exactly contemporary – but it certainly educated me a little about my city's history (fictionalised or no). Does The Broons count?
  4. Does location influence your reading choices?

    Momac (and Apple) – have you read Mavis's Shoe by Sue Reid Sexton? Set during the Clydebank Blitz, a very good read. I suspect it's right up your street. It's a younger readers' book – but don't let that put you off. It deals with its subject matter in a fairly matter-of-fact way. And though it's set primarily in Clydebank and Carbeth, there is a fair portion of the story which takes place in Glasgow too. Mavis's Shoe
  5. Opening Lines

    Hooray! I feel at home already.
  6. Opening Lines

    Scotland … a much maligned wee town
  7. What's so terrible about giving up on a book?

    ah, sorry -- life would be dull if we all all loved the same stuff, eh? Maybe 5th time lucky for Nostromo, then. Thanks David!
  8. What's so terrible about giving up on a book?

    The older I get the less it bothers me. Life is too short. I've been trying to read Joseph Conrad's Nostromo since I was about 16. Four attempts and counting, the farthest I got was about a third of the way. God, that book's heavy going. I think I just need to give it up for good though. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence was such a chore. 3 attempts and I'll not be revisiting! Will stick with David Lean, ta. And two-thirds of the way through The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, I chucked it. Suddenly realised I thought it was shit.
  9. Opening Lines

    First lines are a strange thing. I would imagine any author would break his or her neck trying to come up with a killer first line to be memorable, a hook to grab the reader … but I think in trying so hard sometimes they'll be just too contrived. I just finished reading Wool. That opening stayed with me, it was well written. Regards Stephen King first lines: “This is what happened.” from The Mist always makes me smile. Not the greatset but pretty direct. Straight to the point. Sit down, you, and listen. But I particularly like Phillip K. Dick's opening line from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: “A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard.” which straight away tells you something of the theme of the novel ie. anthropomorphism of non-living things, and their effect on people. Very cute.