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Archive for July, 2009

Busman’s holiday

Friday, July 31st, 2009

It’s just as well that I love my job, because sometimes it seems that, no matter where I go, I just can’t get away from it.

Cornwell Internet is recently returned from a holiday in Iceland. We left the business, as always, in the capable hands of Stephen Mellor, knowing that we could rely on him to take care of the one big task that would have to be done during our absence – the announcement of the winners of the CWA Dagger awards.

As it happened, wireless internet was widely and easily available in Iceland, so we were able to eavesdrop on Stephen’s correspondence with CWA Chair Margaret Murphy. But we didn’t expect this addition reminder of Margaret:

Secondhand books for sale - including Margaret Murphy's 'The Dispossessed'

– her book, The Dispossessed displayed in the secondhand basket outside a shop in Stykkish√≥lmur on Iceland’s Sn√¶fellsnes peninsula.

But it seems that English-language crime fiction is very popular in Iceland. We also sighted Margaret’s fellow Murder Squaddie, Ann Cleeves at number 4 among the best-sellers in a Reykjavik bookshop:

'White Nights' by Ann Cleeves and other English-language crime fiction shelved in a bookshop

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