Category Archive: British And American

Faustian Tuition Fees

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Before I start, I need to say this. Christopher Marlowe died after being stabbed in the head. If it were a knife through a cheek, or an eye socket, that would surely be… Continue reading

Reading Challenges Are Like Biscuits

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Come on, I can’t have just one. That would be wrong. More than a week into 2015, the year I was going to embrace challenges to help me read outside my zone, and… Continue reading

Misery Loves Company

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When it was published, reviewers said ‘Jeez, that’s one messed-up book’ (I’m paraphrasing there). It was the first adult classic I read. I was about twelve and didn’t understand large chunks of it,… Continue reading

The Light, The Stick and The Kitchen Table

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From the very first page of ‘To The Lighthouse’, it’s clear that the Ramseys have mastered the good cop/bad cop parental double act – the dysfunctional strategy of choice for many families. Like… Continue reading

The Wages Of Sin Should Be Dog Food

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I feel really, really sorry for Sin. She’s had a horrible time of it, much worse than Oliver Twist or little orphan Annie. The sun is not coming out for her tomorrow, or… Continue reading