Mon 24 Jun
Sun 24 Mar

Good grief; several sisters

By some strange coincidence I have found myself reading books where a sister is prematurely separated from her sibling by death. The two books in question were "26a" by Diana Evans and "The Garden of the Evening Mists" by Tan Twan Eng. The first has added plot features, chief amongst them being that the sister is a twin. The second is a great read if you want to learn about Japanese gardens in the process and fancy a novel set in the war years, after Japan surrendered in Malaya.

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Mon 11 Feb

The fat and the thin - AKA The Belly of Paris

I read Thérèse Raquin twenty or so years ago and it left me with a vivid memory of a racy sexy thriller. So when in search of a Project Gutenberg download to try and unblock my reading it seemed promising to turn to the works of Emile Zola.

This book may not have had the raciness and dark passions of "Therese" but it did not disappoint.

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Sat 22 Dec

in hospital reading

But it's aero having the op not me! I'm just playing with my blackberry to pass time...

Sun 16 Dec

Having a cold and reading

I am finding an unexpected aspect to this stinking cold I seem to have, along with most of the London population it seems, it is stopping me reading!

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Sun 9 Dec

Teachers - can they spell advocacy?

back in the day when this blog was called "didactic" I would occasionally deviate from matters literary into matters literate.

Today on the radio I heard a reference that made me think I might laps back to my old ways for an indulgent post.

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Fri 7 Dec

Which is the "heavier" Reading?

I am presently reading Wideacre the opening tome of a trilogy by the prolific Philippa Gregory. At the same time as this I borrowed impulsively from the library a far slimmer volume The Infinities by John Banville.

So, we have the Banville v. Gregory challenge, per the title, which is the "easier" or "lighter" read?

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Wed 7 Nov

Reading the OED

yes, this is for real!

I was looking up the word "matutinal" early this morning (yes, that is a clue as to the meaning) and came across this link. Thought it worth sharing

Sun 14 Oct

Thundering good read

like a piece of organ music!

"Until I Find You" by John Irving and as I started to write this blog entry I overheard on the wireless an interviewer talking about tattoos - synchronicity or not?!

The really embarrassing thing is I just today told a friend this book was "called something with a heart in it, and written by Wally Lamb" to which my fiancée advised "don't be surprised when it is not by Wally Lamb"!

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Tue 9 Oct
A weathered blue door frame with the timbers forming a cross - the word GILEAD across in bold type as the cover of the book

On hearing Marilyn Robinson talk of Gilead

It was a remarkable thing that drew me into listening to "The Book Programme" recently on Radio Four, the author's voice was remarkably similar to that of Diane Weist who acted the part of the supervisor in the drama "In Therapy". But beyond that was the nagging feeling that I had heard of Gilead and more than knowing it as a biblical place and contemporary balm I knew of it in a literary context. Still I did not link this with the interviewee, Marilyn Robinson. Read More »

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