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Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography of Shirley Williams | Shirley Williams
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The role of women in our society has changed out of all recognition. But it has changed least in the House of Commons. I want to describe those changes and the resistances to them through the magnifying glass of my own life, a life that coincides with our turbulent post-war history.' Shirley Williams was born to politics. As well as being influenced by her mother, Vera Brittian, her father George Caitlin, a leading political scientist, encouraged his daughter to have high ambitions for herself - including daring to climb the bookshelves in his library. Elected as MP for Hitchin in 1964, she was a member of the Wilson and Callaghan governments and was also the Secretary of State for Education. As one of the 'Gang of Four' Shirley Williams famously broke away from the Labour Party to found the SDP in 1981 and later supported its merger with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats. CLIMBING THE BOOKSHELVES is the voice of strong and passionate woman of luminous intelligence.
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So many books, nothing to read.

thebluestocking I hate that feeling! 💙 4mo
britt_brooke An all too familiar feeling! 4mo
Bianca Me right now. I also have books out from the library. 😬 3mo
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GlassAsDiamonds Ooohhh Loebs! And red Loebs!!!! 😻😻😻😻😻 Which ones? Wish I could zoom and read all these titles! (edited) 6mo
Nute Great organization! Yay, Minette Walters! 6mo
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Books sorted by colour in a Melbourne opshop. I think it browsing harder. What do others think?

CarolynM Absolutely! Alphabetically by author or at least separated into genres makes it so much easier! 8mo
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Our messy, half organized, double stacked bookshelves will get rearranged soon because....

WE GOT THE HOUSE!!! 😆🎉🏡 Ahhh! SOOOO!! Excited!!

Cinfhen Congrats🥳🥳🥳 10mo
LiteraryinLititz Oh my gosh!! That‘s great news, Katie!!! 10mo
mreads Congratulations 👏👏👏 10mo
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JoScho Yay yay yay!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Cooooongraaaatulations!!! 10mo
Stacy_31 Congratulations!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 10mo
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My TBR shelves and kindle TBR hit 325 today... and 2018 isn‘t over yet. My goal is to read at least 100 off this massive stack and also get caught up on 2018 releases that I bought... but haven‘t read yet (40 of them omg)

SMayWrites Ambitious! Best of luck! My tower only ever seems to grow taller lol. I should work on that 12mo
AmyG Wow. I am probably close to that. Good luck! 12mo
julesG Good luck! 12mo
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#24in48 hour 42 challenge: your actual bookends. Technically I don‘t have actual bookends, just stacks of books! I like to organize my books by color and alphabetically. I love a pretty bookshelf!

bridge12 This is absolutely beautiful, you have a great eye! 1y
Sara_Planz Gorgeous!!! 1y
Kalalalatja Pretty! 1y
Linsy Beautiful! 1y
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My lunch and view. I missed my bookshelves while I was away!!

Kalalalatja I would miss them too 😍😍 1y
DivineDiana I can see why! ❤️ 1y
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My bedroom bookshelf in two images—when I first installed it 3 years ago & today. Obviously I need to do some straightening up! #shelfiesaturday #readingresolutions

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I saw this posted on Facebook and it is literally a visual representation of the TBR at our house. My fiancé and I started with each filling a cube on a cube shelf for our TBR books...we now have had to expand to 3 cubes each and still can‘t fit them all! ??‍♀️ Always so many more to read!!! Luckily we like the same types of books and can trade ?

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Painting prep for the whole inside of my house begins today! I love a good transformation. Now, if I can just keep my kids from using the empty bookshelves as a way to reach the ceiling...

Ddzmini 🤣 good luck 2y
LauraBeth Oooh - this is exciting! 2y
Suet624 Can‘t wait to see what color you picked. 2y
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saresmoore @LauraBeth I‘m losing sleep over it! It‘s very exciting and I‘m overflowing with gratitude, but I‘m ready for it to be done. 😬 2y
saresmoore @Suet624 Most of the house will be white, white, white—sunlight bouncing everywhere, like a perfect Vermont winter day. That back wall, though, is going to be the surprise. And the library, too, once my brother and I get around to constructing bookshelves. Our collective woodworking experience is limited, but he‘s an engineer and I have a knack for design, so I think we‘ll be able to figure it out... (edited) 2y
Suet624 That sounds so lovely. I vote for blue on that back wall. 💕💕 (edited) 2y
saresmoore @Suet624 We are kindred spirits of the truest kind! ♥️♥️♥️👯‍♀️😘 2y
Suet624 Yes we are. So glad to have found you. 2y
Zelma Heh, that‘s what I‘ve been doin all week too! Tired but it is so worth it. 2y
saresmoore @Zelma You are a champion! We just moved into a much larger house that needs a total makeover, so I scraped my pennies together to hire a professional. I painted in my last house, though, and it really was rewarding! I hope you‘ll be able to get some rest in your fresh & beautiful new space soon. 😊 2y
LeahBergen I can‘t wait to see how it turns out. 😍 2y
readordierachel Love your rug! 2y
saresmoore @ReadOrDieRachel Thanks! It‘s from IKEA and yet, has held up surprisingly well over the years. 2y
Zelma @saresmoore you are smart and I am just tired. 😂 I just do a room at a time; we‘ve been in this house for 4 years and it‘s a complete fixer. My folks are here right now and super handy and motivational. So we‘ve done the laundry room and working on the master bedroom. it‘s amazing what a ton of paint can do. 2y
britt_brooke I always love your home photos because I can pick out the IKEA items, much of which we also own. 👏🏻 2y
saresmoore @britt_brooke I swear I‘ve suffered from IKEA withdrawals since we moved to Wilmington. Thank goodness for Target clearance! 😆 I joke about how someday I‘ll buy real furniture, but by the time I‘m ready for it, I‘ll probably just sell everything and move to Europe. 2y
britt_brooke @saresmoore I honestly don‘t think we‘ll but real furniture until the boys go to college (in 13-15 years). What‘s the point?! They are so damn rough and messy. I like your plan. 😆 2y
RealLifeReading I adore your rug! 2y
saresmoore @RealLifeReading Thanks! It‘s held up great! 2y
LauraBrook I know that this is pre-paint, but it just looks lovely. 😻 2y
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Here's some #shelfie action including some of my beloved Kate Atkinson 😍😍 for today's prompt #marchinbooks @maich

Cathythoughts You are a real Kate Atkinson fan. I must read her sometime, I never have ! 2y
TrishB Kate is awesome ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen I love Kate Atkinson, too. 👍🏻 2y
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Lol, only off by two decades! 😹The link to the bookshelf 📚 quiz is on @julesG ‘s Page.

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kspenmoll Just what I asked for my birthday - 2 new bookshelves! Ikea trip coming up! 2y
Cailey_Mac MEEEE😂👏🏼👏🏼 2y
Amanda.T Pretty sure I‘ve had this same exchange with my husband. 😂 2y
BarefootBurk Also: "What's in that box?" 2y
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My #TBRList for the #MountTBRchallenge is at 39 books right now, not including comics that I know I'll fly through during the upcoming readathon. On the facing page I plan to draw myself a little mountain and write down the titles I end up reading.

AceOnRoam I have 3 of these titles in my own mount TBR. I tried to tag them all but only the last tag shows so I'll post them individually. Sorry. 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes @AceOnRoam I know, doesn't it suck that you can't tag multiple books like you can people? That would be so great. I'm excited to find out about our overlap! This should be fun. 2y
AceOnRoam Yeah, I thought about spreadsheeting everyone's lists to find common books, but then remembered this is a low key thing and I need to just relax LOL. I do love a good spreadsheet though🤓🤓🤓 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @AceOnRoam HAHAHA yeah me too 2y
AceOnRoam 😆 happy reading 2y
DivaDiane @AceOnRoam @Natasha.C.Barnes I would love to find out what books people have in common. Maybe I‘ll do it, but you all should just relax!! 2y
AceOnRoam @DivaDiane no pressure LOL we can compare as we go.. 2y
Andrew65 Some great books on your list. @Natasha.C.Barnes @AceOnRoam I agree I‘d love to tag multiple books. 2y
Andrew65 @AceOnRoam It‘s not just me then! 😂 Can‘t beat a good spreadsheet! 2y
AceOnRoam @Andrew65 that's right, they rock! 2y
AceOnRoam @DivaDiane @Andrew65 I just discovered this spreadsheet that Bookriot released last year for tracking RH2017 and LitsyAZ https://bookriot.com/2017/01/03/its-the-great-reading-spreadsheet-charlie-brown/ 2y
Andrew65 @AceOnRoam Thanks for this, I can see it bring a great help. 2y
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Work is done! Yesterday Kevin finished up on the bulk of stuff in my house, and I‘m so relieved! Now all I have to do is work on getting rid of the seemingly thousands of teeny bits of styrofoam attached to every bookshelf surface and floor, and then it‘s time to do my favorite thing - organizing and reshelving books!

LauraBrook I should add: I ordered 4 of the dark wood cases and got two of those and two of the black. Too annoyed to bother returning and fixing it, so I‘m making do. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
MayJasper Styrofoam is disgusting. How lovely to have shelves to fill 💟 2y
LauraBeth New shelves 😻😻 2y
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britt_brooke Are these Ikea Billy cases? That really sucks about the order getting messed up but at least they still look nice. 💚 2y
DeborahSmall I have the same bookcases in the ‘birch‘ wish I‘d stuck with black though. Looking forward to seeing them filled ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen And the fun part begins!!! 2y
LauraBrook @MayJasper It is so gross. And I hate that it‘s just garbage. But, my cheapo shelves arrived in good condition and for that I‘m thankful. But still. I‘ve damp-rag wiped and wet swiffered and vacuumed the shelves and floor and there‘s still little bits of styrofoam. 😤☹️ 2y
LauraBrook @LauraBeth I know. 💖💖💖 It‘s a rarity. 2y
LauraBrook @britt_brooke No, they‘re cheap ones from Walmart. I broke my no-Walmart ban to get them too. Billy cases would have been preferable but I couldn‘t have fit 4 of them precisely on my large wall so I went with these. And then bc I‘m a dope and forgot to include the baseboards when I measured, I can only fit 3 there anyways. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Damn. And thanks! I keep standing in the doorway looking at them. 😍 2y
LauraBrook @DeborahSmall I wish I would‘ve gotten black ones earlier, I‘m loving the way they look! 2y
LauraBrook @LeahBergen Yes, you‘re right! And of course, now that the shelves are up and ready to be filled, I can‘t find the list of how I wanted to organize them that‘s been sitting at the top of piles for the last few months. *sigh*. ☺️ 2y
britt_brooke @LauraBrook They really look about the same. Good move going with the less expensive, but too bad that 4th one won‘t fit. 😩 2y
batsy Sorry the order got messed up but the dark wood and black do look nice together! I hope you find your list and enjoy the delicious feeling of sorting books into new shelves ❤️ 2y
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Hey @BookishTrish congrats on 1000 followers! I JUST reached half of that. #LitsyGoals When I reach 1000 I'll give my favourite book away too! #loveitstealingit

Thanks to Litsy I need to straighten my bookshelves before my neatfreak of a hubby loses it. I keep taking pictures of colourful stacks and pulling the books out and not putting them back. #1000reasons

TK-421 I do that, too! My library was much more organized before I started participating in photo challenges! #BlameitonLitsy 2y
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A new and updated #shelfie. I feel like I can breathe more easily now that there is some form of order again 😄📚

TrishB Lovely 💜 2y
Jess_Read_This Absolutely perfect! 😍 2y
Lacythebookworm Looks great! 🙌 2y
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JenP Looks great! 2y
Lcsmcat Nice! You should hire out! 2y
kylienoele Looks great!!!!! 2y
4thhouseontheleft Looks great! I love the Folio shelf on the right. 😃 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Beautiful! 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks I love seeing other people's shelves! Very pretty! 📖 2y
DGRachel Nice!! 2y
kspenmoll 📚❤️ 2y
OrangeMooseReads Very nice 2y
LauraBrook So lovely and soothing to look at! 😍 2y
Mommamanzi This is amazing! 2y
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Zelma Very pretty! 2y
JacqMac So tidy! It looks perfect. 2y
BooksForEmpathy This is gorgeous. 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Gorgeous! Love how you can spot the Robin Hobb shelf from a mile away 💕 2y
Kalalalatja @elkeo I thought it was time to give the books the space they deserve 👌 2y
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When you decide that the best cure for your tiredness is to rearrange your bookshelves 📚 I am trying to arrange them alphabetically, at least the front row books, so that's the reason for the weird stacks 😄

vivastory Good luck! 2y
BarbaraBB I love doing that! 2y
Sarah83 Did you make it? 😉 2y
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Kalalalatja @Sarah83 I did! But once I finished, the lighting was too bad, so I have to wait for tomorrow to post a picture 😉 2y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I have been wanted to do it for ages, but kept putting it off. Now, that I'm finished, I'm so glad I did it! 2y
Kalalalatja @vivastory haha thanks! 2y
Sarah83 I will wait for the photo 😉 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon 👏👏👏 2y
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Instead of reading I have been...
at the National Gallery balancing on books (sort of)

Avanders Very cool! 👏🏽👏🏽 (edited) 2y
TrishB Wow 😀 2y
monkeygirlsmama So cool! 2y
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8leagueboot I'll just climb into your work bag... 2y
Chachic You're in SG! If only I was still there, it would have been lovely to meet up. 2y
LukkiAnn Amazing!!!! 2y
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Here's my shelfie for #24in48...it's getting a wee bit full...

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Half Price Books is a dangerous place for me. #bookhaul

PurpleyPumpkin Wow, great haul!👍🏽 2y
TheBookStacker I miss half price books! I was always selling my old books and picking up new ones with the money lol 2y
Leftcoastzen I loved Union Atlantic. A bookseller from skylight books in LA had it on his recommendation list. 2y
Leftcoastzen Also Turner House , family entanglements and a vivid sense of place. Very Good . 2y
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