The main addition this time round is my first Independent Magazine puzzle which you’ll find via the links here. I do make the point that this one has been made available in a book before (albeit 20 or so years ago) – I have been rootling around in the files and next time I aim to bring you something that probably hasn’t been seen at all for 30 years.
I don’t follow Mark Forsyth’s Inky Fool blog anywhere near as much as I should. But I made a swoop on his book The Etymologicon when I came across it, and tremendous fun it was too. His new opus, The Horologicon, has been similarly swooped upon, having turned up recommended by an online bookshop ‘You might like’ heuristic. (No, not Amazon’s, which once recommended me some Elgar based on my having browsed ‘Various composers: V’. To be fair, the heuristic I’ve just praised has also recommended me chicklit in German, economics in Italian, and something or other in what was probably Japanese, so it hasn’t a commanding strike rate.)
In other book recommendations, I can say that a third reading of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas is proving even more entertaining than the first two. In NZ we’re getting a promotional edition of the book a mere five months before the film is released here – I must check Chambers and see whether ‘tie-in’ has been redefined when I wasn’t looking.