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And this year’s winner is…

Liebster award

For the second time this year I have been nominated for a blog award. The Liebster Award looks as though it’s a beer bottle cap, which will go very nicely with the collection I’m about to start.

A hearty thanks goes to Sandra Danby for nominating me.

Sandra’s blog is jam-packed with book reviews, interviews with authors and many other interesting pieces for lovers of reading. How she manages to post so regularly (often on a daily basis) is beyond impressive. Despite the number of books she must have to plough through, she still makes time to follow and comment on other people’s blogs. No one deserves this award more than I do… I mean Sandra does.

Sandra sent me a list of eleven questions requiring quickfire and short answers. Only one specifically mentioned I should be honest. That was the only one where I couldn’t think of an answer. Honest.

Which book do you love the most?

Hunger by Norwegian Nobel prizewinner, Knut Hamsun.

Who is the fictional character you most resemble – be honest!

Can’t think of one, I really can’t. Worzel Gummidge?

Which book would you love to have written?

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster. Or any of his other novels.

What are you reading now?

I hate to admit it, but nothing, apart from loads of on-screen newspapers and blogs.

And what’s next on your To-Read pile?

Por Encima de las Nubes, a translation into Spanish of Above the Clouds by Jonathan Bach. A Spanish friend gave me a copy recently, most likely as a not so subtle hint for me to improve my Spanish. Jonathan Bach is the son of Richard Bach, author of 1970s cult novella, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I can’t remember what it was about. Probably a seagull.

Paperback/hardback, or e-book? Why?

Hardback. Back in London I used pick up collectable first editions in charity shops, at flea markets, and in antique shops. There’s nothing to match the look, feel and smell of a first edition hardback with its dust jacket intact.

Where is your favourite place to read?

From the pages between the cover of a book

Best film from the book?

That’s a hard one, but I’ll go for Mosquito Coast written by Paul Theroux. The film was directed by Peter Weir and stars Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. For the simple reason it’s how I imagined it as I read.

What are you writing today?

I just finished a fresh post for my Pedersen’s Last Dream blog, which follows my travels in the Norwegian Arctic, as I finished the first draft of a novel of the same name.

Do you plan your story, or let it flow?

I plan to let the story flow, and then see what happens.

Who is your key character, and what makes him/her tick?

Knut Pedersen, the dreamer of the aforementioned blog, for the moment. I’m not so sure he does tick, as such. That’s why he spends a good deal of his time on a psychiatrist’s couch. Certainly you couldn’t trust him to give you the correct time; his hands are all over the place.


My Nominations are:

Wendy Kate for the love that spills from her drawings and her writing.

Jo Freehand for her brilliant series of montages on old vinyl 45s at Daily Record 365.

Wesley Coll for his acute observations on life and current affairs at Colltales.

Eremophila for her beautiful photographs and love of the environment.

Laura Bloomsbury for her ongoing photographic account of London through the changing seasons.

Peter for all his fascinating memories of a world long-disappeared, but still remembered, and his observations on life.


My Questions

Who has been your greatest inspiration in life?

Apart from yourself, who would you most like to be?

What world event changed the way you see things?

Which three personal items would you take on a trip to Mars?

Not counting nuclear weapons, which invention would you put back into Pandoras’s box?

If you were to become a leader of a nation which would you choose, and for what single reason?

If you could choose between being a scientist and a rock star, which would it be and why?

What would be the quality for which you would most like to be remembered?

Which do you read mostly, fiction or non-fiction?

Which animal  do you think you resemble most in character?

Into whose face would you most like to shove custard pie?


Liebster Award Rules

The award rules are:

– Thank your nominator and post a link to his/her blog.
– Display the award on your blog.
– Answer the 11 questions provided by the nominator.
– Nominate 5-11 blogs which have less than 1000 followers, and let them know they’ve been nominated.
– Make up and post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
– Post these rules on your blog.


6 comments on “And this year’s winner is…

  1. berlioz1935
    October 2, 2014

    Thanks Bryan for nominating me, but it seems to me a too strenuous effort to participate.


    • Bryan Hemming
      October 2, 2014

      No problem, Peter. Though this is the third nomination I’ve had for one of these awards, I didn’t follow up the others for the same reason, you give.

      In this particular case, I liked the way I was invited. But it is a fair bit of trouble for little reward. Having said that, it was nice to enjoy the recognition of being nominated for an entire morning.

      All the best to you and Uta.


  2. Laura Bloomsbury
    October 1, 2014

    thank you for the nomination Bryan and though I do not follow the awards format I do appreciate the thought and all your support of my blog(s).
    – there’s nothing like the smell of an old hardback – am a bit of a book sniffer though I do not let that influence my decision about what to buy
    – glad Pedersen is about – off to the rocky Arctic for a good read


    • Bryan Hemming
      October 2, 2014

      It’s a pleasure, Laura, I understand completely. For me, getting nominated is enough, normally, I thought I’d do this one, as the invitation was put so nicely, but it will be the last, as it takes up valuable time and encourages more to do the same. I’m a two-faced hypocrite, aren’t I?


      • Laura Bloomsbury
        October 2, 2014

        hard to refuse a request from people we like! But time is of the essence apparently though I’m not sure of what it is comprised


  3. colltales
    October 1, 2014

    Thanks Bryan, it’s very kind of you.


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