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Ooh, look at this little beauty. I feel a notebook buying spree coming on. They're available at Bloomsbury and come in different classic titles. They also have the advantage of looking like a real book, so I can whip it out in public public and feel Worthy.

Although that reminds me of the time I stupidly pretended I'd read Moby Dick, because I happened to know the first line was "Call me Ishmael." I soon fell apart under close interrogation and confessed it was actually the film I'd seen. Which wasn't true either.

On second thoughts, maybe I'll save my money.

Comments

kallioppe said…
What a little gem! I LOVE notebooks. Any excuse. :)
Denise said…
Ooh, I love notebooks too. Sadly I have lots of them, and rarely write anything in them. I feel it has to be something really good to warrant spoiling such perfection!
Debs said…
Oooh I haven't seen any of these around and I've been so good not buying books lately. Maybe I need to treat myself, again.

Dx
Lane said…
Ooooh. Lust. But I mustn't. Oh no:-)
Lorna F said…
Is there a society to help us Notebookaholics? It seems to me there's a lot of us out there, who can't resist the lure of the virgin pages, full of promise, with strokably smooth paper, empty, non-dog-eared ... and left in a drawer while inferior scraps of paper are scribbled on, because the beautiful notebook is just too beautiful to be spoilt by vague burbles and approximations, the result of the destructive alchemy that somehow turns gold into lead on the way from brain to pen. My favourites, by the way, are ringbound so they'll open flat, and with an elastic twangy thing to reduce the dog-ear levels. x
KatW said…
Karen - you are not helping my notebook buying addiction by posting that link! Now I want one. And I won't stop thinking about it until I get one!! Oh the cravings are hell!

I see they do Moleskine notebooks. I've just finished filling my third of these. They are my favourite ever writing notebooks. Although I do have a 'Paper Blanks' Charlotte Bronte wrap, that I am using as my journal. This is a particularly divine notebook.

Ok so as you can see I really do have a problem. I hope you can live with yourself having encouraged my habit like this!!!!!

I'm off to raid the council tax money ;-) Kat
womagwriter said…
Never mind the notebooks - they do a Penguin Classics deckchair with the cover of Brighton Rock! Want one. Only trouble is, I live in Bournemouth and might get lynched for sitting on a deckchair advertisign a rival resort.
HelenMH said…
I NEED the Wuthering Heights one!
Mickmouse said…
Reading the comments, notebook buying is clearly the obsession of any writer worth their salt. I discovered I have six unused ones of various sizes and was browsing ebay only yesterday for more...help me someone! I have a deep purple velvet covered one that I am keeping for that special project...actually thinking about it, just need to have the right pen...now that's a totally different story altogether!!!
JJ said…
Oh dear god. I have to have the orange 1984... NOW.
Yvonne said…
Thanks for the head's up! I need to get my hands on one of those.
TOM FOOLERY said…
Very, very classy what great taste you have Clarkey. Tommox
Leigh said…
Ooh, noooo. But I only have enough in my purse to go to the butchers. Oh, hell, who needs food? I'll get the one to match my mug: "Great Expectations". I bought it when I still had them and, even though I don't have them any more, I remain rather fond of the concept.
Annieye said…
What a great little notebook. Simply must have one.
L-Plate Author said…
Oh, I've got to have one too. xx
Tam said…
Ooooh prettyful notebook....judicious application of mantra from shampoo advert should do the trick - I am soooooooooo worth it!
Faye said…
But what happens if I'm busily writing in my fake literary work in a public place and get assulted by a librarian? Not you, of course!

By the way, what's your policy on writing and commenting in real books? Personally, I write or highlight everything--books, magazines. Friends love to read my illustrated books and I enjoy getting to read one from an "active" reader as well.
I think I can beat that (the Moby Dick saga).

When I was part of a panel selecting UGs for the psychology intake, one claimed, in her written submission, that she had read Richard Gregory's "Eye and Brain".

But she wrote it as "Iron Brain". So much for verbally tranmitted advice!
KAREN said…
kallioppe - Me too :o)

denise - I have a couple of empty but pretty ones as well!

debs - Go on - you know you want to :o)

lane - You have quite enough already, young lady!!

lorna f - There should definitely be a helpline at least. I favour the ringbound too, and love sniffing the pages as well. Just me...?

KatW - I'd forgotten about the Credit Crunch. I shouldn't be encouraging folk to spend wildly. I already have a nice Moleskine as well, so I don't even NEED one. Tut.

womagwriter - I know, it's all toooo tempting! Mugs as well. I love mugs...

helenmh - I like that one too :o)

mickmouse - Ah yes...the right pen. I'm addicted to my Parker at the moment, it writes so smoothly.
That purple velvet notebook sounds divine, by the way!

jj - You might as well get a mug and a deckchair while you're at it. A matching set :o)

yvonne - You're welcome. I should be on commission!

tommo - No Tesco's 99p pad with a cute kitten on the front for me, I'll have you know. Actually - no I definitely haven't...

leigh - Glad to see you've got your priorities in order. Pity there isn't one with 'Rather Lower Expectations' on it but it's probably best to aspire :o)

annieye, l-plate and Tam - I'm definitely going to have a word with Bloomsbury about commission!!

faye - Ooh, I hadn't thought of that! I must admit I've never written in a 'proper' book...I'm one of those uptight people who can't even bear to fold pages over or crease the spine, I'm afraid! I don't mind if other people do though. I wouldn't assault anyone for doing it. Not much anyway...

ernest - That's so funny. And a little bit tragic. I think I'm a bit embarrassed about how few classics I've actually read, despite being an avid reader of everything else. I can't be the only one??
Yvonne said…
Just to add - don't want to give too much away in case you don't want to publicise it, but your hillarious comment on Calistro's blog just left me wanting more! Call me a gossip but I love the juice...
Calistro said…
That's lovely. I SO want one (and the mugs Penguin do...and the deckchairs and... and..and...)
KAREN said…
yvonne - It was a classic...guy accused best mate of flirting with his missis, she didn't deny it and everything kicked off :oO
They weren't with us, I hasten to add!

calistro - I can reist everything but temptation!
SpiralSkies said…
I just pretend to read 'Hello' magazine. When quizzed, I can do vacuous and gormless very well indeed.

Mmmm... love the notebook though. I was given a tea towel with that image for my birthday. Romantic, eh?
wordtryst said…
I love that notebook! And I don't believe you told those naughty lies. You know, I never tell such whoppers...

**Yeah, riiiiiight, says my disgustingly honest alter ego**
Milla said…
That is so exactly the sort of lie I'd tell, indeed I think I have, about the v same film! Notebooks too lovely for words. I just hope that they have lines, as only like blank ones and then i don't need to be tempted.

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