Who wants to play the Wednesday Word Game with me?

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This game is a cracker if you love words and wordplay! Here’s the deal. You choose a few words, preferably some plump, delicious beauties, that have fallen out of common usage, and you… Continue reading

Weighty tomes for both reading and for use as replacement table legs

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War And Peace is just too long. There, I’ve said it. There are enormous chunks I could do without, but I can’t put it down, as very exciting when things suddenly happen, which… Continue reading

The Literary Sidekick: always the bridesmaid, never the bride!

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I think Francois Seurel gets a rough deal. Like most literary sidekicks, he is doomed to stand on the sidelines of the novel’s action (‘Le Grand Meaulnes’), holding a clipboard and taking notes… Continue reading

Ye Great Olde Dickens Challenge

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‘Get what you’re given and like it’ is a favourite phrase of my mother’s, and one that she used to herald every childhood over-cooked fruit cake of bizarre item of clothing bought in… Continue reading

If anyone deserves new pencils, it’s Proust!

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Proust is dead. I know. But hey, it’ll take a lot more than that to stop me buying new pencils for him. Let me explain. When Lucy and I realised that by total… Continue reading

And that’s why reading Dostoyevsky is like skydiving with Walter White!

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Some books need a run up. You know the ones I mean; the black-spined tomes of densely-packed miniscule text, heavy of weight and of theme. When I look at my monochrome bookshelves there are… Continue reading

It’s Chekhov’s birthday! I made him a cake.

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You mean you didn’t? Really? Listen, people. If we’re only going to make birthday cakes for people we know, that will seriously reduce the amount of birthday cake in our lives. Anyway, Anton… Continue reading

I Hope Adam And Eve Had A Nailbrush

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There are some parts of Paradise lost that are quite entertaining, mainly the bits involving the devil. Although, Samuel Johnson didn’t think so. He said “Paradise Lost is a book that, once put… Continue reading

Ingenious ways with scarves for better house-keeping and a happier life.

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That Mrs Ramsey’s charm is universally irresistible, is hard to dispute. After all, even old Mr Carmichael succumbs when presented with a second bowl of her delicious soup. I’d like to propose that… Continue reading

George Eliot knew her onions

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George Eliot knew people. She wrote men and women as deeply and equally well as each other. Not everyone can do that, some men write female shadows, some women write stereotypical men, but… Continue reading