Five from 4th Estate

It’s cold. Why go out? Here are five reasons not to. Stay indoors and read, watch and discover these five internet things. ‘Cos baby it’s… (oh, you know the rest).


“J.D. Salinger went into hiding because he was embarrassed.” The overturning of the canon begins in this compilation of one star reader reviews. Let’s just say you may start to think differently about Woolf, Faulkner or Orwell’s 1984 – “This book isn’t as good as Harry Potter in MY opinion, and no one can refute me. Tastes are relative!”


Charlotte Roche. Robbie Williams. Both are known for being controversial and outspoken but few people know of this video of the two personalities meeting, well before Roche had even written Wetlands. “Show me your knickers,” says Charlotte. Robbie obliges. Charlotte offers, “Shall I show you mine?…I’m not wearing any.” She really isn’t. A very entertaining warm-up to Roche’s new book, Wrecked.


Any blog called ‘Letters to Nigel Slater’ is going to be good and this one doesn’t disappoint. Martha Muffett has matched every date in The Kitchen Diaries with a blog entry on how her day and cooking decisions corresponded to Nigel’s. Now she’s started on Kitchen Diaries II. A wonderful homage and an impressive feat. And Nigel’s a fan!


There are loads of writer’s writing tips to be found online. Heck, we’ve featured them many times. But this blog post on W.G. Sebald’s Writing Tips is quite unique in that it has been gathered by two students taught by the author, and is made up of notes they scribbled down in classes. Look out for tips like, ‘Meteorology is not superfluous to the story. Don’t have an aversion to noticing the weather.’


The Bell Jar. Teenage drivel? Society novel? Dark and brooding or bright and sparkly? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book take a look at this slideshow of its covers as they have changed over the years, from the moment of its publication under the pseudonym of ‘Victoria Lucas’.

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