Read It. Like It. Note It.

I'm a girl in a digital world. Even as a kid, when I had twenty-plus volumes of Encyclopaedia Brittanica, I only had eyes for Encarta. However, there are just some things books do better. They're better for reading in the bath. And they're better for focussed research. Wikipedia can give you the essence of the thing, but it's not detailed enough. Websites can be tended by experts or fools. A book, as a thing, has gone through some sort of curating process - or so I like to hope. The other excellent thing about books is that you can stick post-it notes to them. (In theory, you can write in them, but I shudder at the thought.) I read 'The Suspicions of Mr Whitcher' in anticipation of writing my first detective novel. For anyone considering the same, it's an excellent primer on how to portray a mystery and provides a lot of useful background information on detective work and the public perception thereof. I...
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