What is a Classic?

In his book "Why read the Classics" Italian writer Italo Calvino  produced 14 definitions of a "classic" book. The classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: 'I'm rereading…', never 'I'm reading….' The Classics are those books which constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and loved them; but they … Continue reading What is a Classic?

How long are Dickens’ novels

Having decided that the first book to be read and discussed by our new Classic Book Group would be a Dickens novel, and having specified that we wouldn't choose a book that was longer than 500 pages in a standard edition, we needed to work out how long Dickens' novels actually are. Fortunately most of … Continue reading How long are Dickens’ novels

So, what does HVL stand for?

Our organisation is often referred to in documents as "HVL". Does HVL stand for: Herrlich viele Leckereien, Highly-Volatile Liquid, Hyper Velocity Launcher, Hedy Very Late, Hot Volcanic Lava, Haughty Venezuelan Llamas, Happy Volunteer Librarians, Hendrik van Loon, Hush Victor's Listening, Hardly Very Lively, High-Velocity Lattes? No, HVL stands for Harbury Village Library, and Harbury Village Library … Continue reading So, what does HVL stand for?