Saturday, January 31, 2009

Louis de Bernières: shedworker

Novelist Louis de Bernières features in the always excellent Writers' rooms column in The Guardian which has proudly featured so many shedworkers in the past. de Bernières is a particularly staunch shedworker saying: "Anyone who works at home needs a refuge from the rest of the household, as far from the house as possible, and definitely without a phone." He has installed his own solar panel system in the garden office to supply power to his lights, laptop and music system: the shed is heated by gas bottle and caravan heater with a camping stove nearby for making tea. But as he adds:
"It is nice to look up and see the pheasants strutting about outside, but the best thing about the shed is its absolutely quintessential smell of sheds."

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