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24/09/2011

Candia McWilliam gave a class on memory and imagination in Stockbridge Library in Edinburgh.

Top Tips

Read. Look. Listen. Remember. Read more. Reread. SPY. COLLECT. Observe. TUNE IN. [Do not drop out]. Find the right word for the precise feeling, the word that sounds right and lies happily with the words on either side of it .You are weaving tight and close something that must feel light and transparent. To pay attention is everything. Nothing need ever be wasted.

Reading List

Henry Green  Loving
Evelyn Waugh Handful of Dust
Ford Madox Ford  The Good Soldier
Giuseppe Tomassi di Lampedusa  The Leopard
Elizabeth Bowen  The Heat of the Day
Elizabeth Taylor  Angel
Alan Warner  Morvern Callar 
George Mackay Brown  Greenvoe
Julian Barnes  Arthur and George
Henry James  What Maisie Knew
Sybille Bedford  A Legacy
James Hogg  Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Henry James  The Golden Bowl
Leo Tolstoy  Anna Karenina
Gustave Flaubert  Madame Bovary 
Marcel Proust  In Search of Lost Time

And for serious lifelong rereading fun A Dance to The Music Of Time by Anthony Powell which will change each time you go back to it.

The list is as long as the time you give it .