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Denna Jones: Writer, Builder, General Editor of Architecture: The Whole Story (Thames & Hudson, 2014) and Contributing Editor of COVER magazine

Denna Jones: Writer, Builder, General Editor of Architecture: The Whole Story (Thames & Hudson, 2014) and Contributing Editor of COVER magazine

I’m a writer with dreams of being a builder. I live the life Barbara Ehrenreich wrote about in Nickel and Dimed in my cabin-like office/bedroom in East London. I’ve named my space after Charles Darwin’s nickname for his cabin aboard HMS Beagle. My room is my “raree sideshow” for overlapping interests focused on design and...
Anthony Frewin: Screenwriter, Author, Failed Bebop Drummer

Anthony Frewin: Screenwriter, Author, Failed Bebop Drummer

The shelves behind my swivel typist’s chair that is in front of my desk. An olla podrida of titles. Books tend to arrive faster than I can read them. I like Leibnitz’s plea: ‘If only when one purchased a book one could also purchase the time in which to read it’. The next best thing...
Nuala Ní Chonchúir: Irish Writer and Poet

Nuala Ní Chonchúir: Irish Writer and Poet

This is the shelf beside my writing desk in my bedroom. It has predominantly short story collections on it because they are what I love the most, as reader and writer. Though I’ve spent the last few years writing novels, I also collect paperweights since writing about them in my novel, which is due out...
James Sallis: Crime Writer, Poet, Musician and Author of Drive

James Sallis: Crime Writer, Poet, Musician and Author of Drive

No reasonable explanation is possible. Wee house. Many, many books. Presently it’s a stand-off between musical instruments and books. Soon Karyn and I will be pushed out. Bio James Sallis has published fourteen novels, multiple collections of short stories, essays, and poems, books of musicology, a biography of Chester Himes, and a translation of Raymond...
Ahmed Rashid: Journalist and Best-Selling Foreign Policy Author

Ahmed Rashid: Journalist and Best-Selling Foreign Policy Author

Three walls of my study are covered in books. The fourth wall is made up of photographs and prints I have enjoyed over the years or are part of my development as a journalist and writer. Part of one wall is also a long low slung window that looks out into the small garden we...
Iain Dale: LBC 97.3 Drivetime presenter

Iain Dale: LBC 97.3 Drivetime presenter

I mainly read political biography and diaries, but tend to alternate them with football autobiographies. I especially like books about more obscure footballers or managers. At the moment I’m in the middle of the autobiography of Alan Buckley, a prolific goalscorer for Walsall in the 1970s and then three times manager of Grimsby. I don’t...
Ann Morgan: Creator of A Year of Reading the World and Freelance Writer

Ann Morgan: Creator of A Year of Reading the World and Freelance Writer

This mini film stitches together pictures of my bookshelf during ‘A Year of Reading the World’, my project to read a book from every country in 2012. The project included all UN-recognised nations, plus Taiwan and one extra territory, Kurdistan, voted for by blog visitors – 197 stories in all. Each time I read a...
Alex Cox: Film Director, Screenwriter and Non-Fiction Author

Alex Cox: Film Director, Screenwriter and Non-Fiction Author

Most of my books, being film or theatre related, have gone to Boulder Colorado to adorn my office in the School of Art. Some of the tomes that stayed at home are shown here. A tiny science fiction collection, old guide books, one of my three copies of Moby Dick, novels which should have been...
Paul Mason: Economics Editor of Channel 4 News

Paul Mason: Economics Editor of Channel 4 News

“I am working on a book about the future of capitalism and this is my “near the writing desk” pile. The collected works of Nikolai Kondratieff, who discovered long waves in the world economy, numerous iconic think pieces –
Diane Coyle: Author and Specialist in New Technologies and Economics

Diane Coyle: Author and Specialist in New Technologies and Economics

When I’m writing a book, a lot of it is done on holiday when I have large chunks of time; a lot of GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History (due out in late Feb/early March) was drafted in Brittany. But this is one of the sets of shelves in my study at home, where I do...
Gary Dobbs: Actor and Author of the Jack Martin Westerns

Gary Dobbs: Actor and Author of the Jack Martin Westerns

If I included all of my shelves and bookcases it would take several posts so here are the shelves in my cluttered study. This is where I write those Jack Martin westerns. I have a lot of non fiction on these shelves and magazines which are related to my own work, but I do love...
Andrew Ross Sorkin: Financial Columnist for The New York Times

Andrew Ross Sorkin: Financial Columnist for The New York Times

New York Times columnist, founder and editor-at-large of financial blog, DealBook, author of Too Big to Fail, and co-host of CNBC’s Squawk Box, it’s fair to say Andrew Ross Sorkin is one of the busiest men on the planet. According to an interview with ‘The Wire’, a typical day for Sorkin starts at about 4am and doesn’t...