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Dying in the Wool

Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody is a '20s-set crime novel which I've resisted reading for a while. Partly, this is because of the first-person narrative. I'm not sure why but first-person annoys me, which in itself is odd given my favourite books. But eventually, feeling a bit like I was being followed around… Continue reading Dying in the Wool

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The Trouble with Larks: Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter

Let me start by saying that I like PG Wodehouse’s dim-witted Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves. Mostly short stories, these are narrated by Wooster himself, who is a generally idle man-about-town between the Wars. His narration is as vague as his thinking, but is still amusing. Wooster spends his time getting into scrapes,… Continue reading The Trouble with Larks: Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter

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Book or TV show: Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates

In taking on the British Crime Classics Challenge and rediscovering my love of a good detective novel, I’ve decided to rummage through the shelves for non-Golden Age detectives of a similar nature. I discovered Miss Fisher via the quite wonderful Australian TV adaptation, currently on Netflix, and was hooked from the first note of the… Continue reading Book or TV show: Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates

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An Adaptation of an Adaptation: Expecting Someone Taller?

My favourite of the Norse myths is the Saga of the Volsungs, Odin's descendants including Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer. It's a saga which was well-known throughout the mediaeval Germanic world, being vaguely historical (one of the characters is Attila the Hun) and turned into the German poem Nibelungenlied. It's the story which Richard Wagner used as… Continue reading An Adaptation of an Adaptation: Expecting Someone Taller?

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Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I received this book in possibly one of the best ways to receive a book: Quite at random, through the post, a borrowing from a friend. Quite appropriately, too, for this book, which is written in letter-form and begins by exploring what books and reading meant for the Guernsey islanders under the German Occupation of… Continue reading Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Review: The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse

I’m not much of an artist, and usually I’m not much interested in things I can’t really do, but over the last few years I have begun to develop an appreciation for drawings. For sketches and cartoons. Especially, it must be said, for political cartoons. One of my favourite cartoonists is the late David Low.… Continue reading Review: The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse