Saturday, February 05, 2011

Save Our Libraries Day and a review

I know I don't need to enumerate here for my lovely blog readers the reasons we need to save our libraries from the government slashfest, but it I'd just like to mark Save Our Libraries Day here.

And if you will permit me a little wander down memory lane... Those Saturday mornings when I escaped from the house and entered those oases (we lived in several different places) smelling of wood and paper and, oh, centuries of wisdom and dreams which in turn could transport you to a possibility-filled future... In the library you were no longer the eleven-, thirteen-year-old daughter of, sister of, pupil of... You felt part, however novice, of a vast intellectual and creative community. It gave me a sense of my right to belong to that community which otherwise, in spite of my parents' encouragement, I may never have had...

To turn to writing news: Many thanks to Womagwriter for reviewing The Birth Machine. Interestingly, unlike others she feels that she may have preferred the earlier published edition, and feels that in any case the book still reads as 'a plea for natural childbirth, and minimum intervention' (I say in my Author's Note that people took the first edition as a plea for natural childbirth rather than as a plea for logical thinking). Well, I guess when it comes down to it the book does argue for minimum intervention (as minimum as possible in each case) as a result of logical thinking (though to me that's not the same thing at all as as an argument for natural childbirth), and it's interesting to see how one's work ends up striking other people, whatever one's intentions.

6 comments:

Rachel Fenton said...

Already had my political rant about the libraries, so you're safe, Elizabeth! Good to show support though.

Well, I suppose you have to let the baby go home with it's family now you've brought it into the world - authorship as midwifry.

Elizabeth Baines said...
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Elizabeth Baines said...

True re that last, Rachel!

Rachel Fenton said...

Apologies for my apostrophe sin!....

womagwriter said...

The important thing is, your book DID strike me, and I suspect it will stay with me for a very long time.

Elizabeth Baines said...

Thank you for that - I'm very glad! and thank you so much for taking the trouble to review it!