I realised to my shame that it’s been ages since I last updated the other pages on this site and they were horribly out of date.

I’ve just been in with my tool kit and done some trimming, pruning and replanting, to the point where they now make sense and include details of all my current works in print, as well as who on earth I am (always a moot question).

I hope you’ll find the new information useful.  You can find it by following the links (Tess who, Finding Tess, and Tess in print) in the nav bar on the left hand side of this page.

A library without books?

Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but this is still incredibly sad.  Birmingham’s libraries, with the partial exception of the new Central Library, have had to stop buying new books in order to save money.

I can’t think of anything much worse.  Surely this will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  If people can’t find the books they want at the library, they’ll stop going.  If people stop going, there’ll be nobody to support the library service.  And without anyone to support it, it will become ever more impoverished and be able to afford even fewer books.  And so it goes on.

I don’t know if there is any way round this.  Could libraries become lenders of digital books only?  Would that be cheaper than having to buy print books?  Could they stock books donated by members of the public, in much the same way as charity shops?  I’m not sure, but something needs to be done before we lose the whole system of libraries as we know them.  And it needs to be done soon.