The Book Lover's Almanac in the TLS
Really nice coverage of The Book Lover's Almanac by Michael Caines all over the back page of this week's TLS. Here's a snippet:
Dante goes into exile. Kafka arrives at Špindlerův Mlýn and starts to write The Castle. Marian Evans calls herself “George Eliot” for the first time. Sylvia Plath meets Ted Hughes. Although these incidents belong to the past, they can also be glimpsed in the month ahead – at least they can if you, like us, are working your way through The Book Lover’s Almanac: A year of literary events, letters, scandals and plot twists (British Library, £19.99). Replete with both illustration and fact, this hefty volume is the work of Alex Johnson; almanacs, Mr Johnson states, remain “incredibly popular” as “affordable calendars of the past and predictors of the future”. Book lover, take heed.