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Chris · 1d ago

Darkly shaded lives

Juliet Gardiner: The World Within: the Brontës at Haworth. A Life in Letters, Diaries and Writings  Collins & Brown 1992 We wove a web in childhood, A web of sunny air; We dug a spring in in...
Chris · 3d ago

Winterlude

In case you were wondering I’ve not gone away. (Of course, you may not have noticed.) Life has been a bit hectic. If I ever was in any doubt, being retired is no holiday — not if I want to l...
Chris · 1W ago

Irony and Ingenuousness

Jane Austen Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon Oxford World’s Classics 2008 “Blaize Castle!” cried Catherine; “what is that?” “The finest place in England – worth going fift...
Chris · 2W ago

Mountain people

  Joan Aiken’s fantasy The Whispering Mountain (1968) is very firmly set in the early 19th century in mid-Wales. Having done her research she evokes placenames, legends, speech-patterns, his...
Chris · 2W ago

Times out of joint

Philip Pullman: The Book of Dust, Volume One: La Belle Sauvage Illustrated by Chris Wormell David Fickling Books / Penguin Books 2017 Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead is an exceptional young...
Chris · 2W ago

What the mountain whispered

I posted a review of Joan Aiken’s The Whispering Mountain with a promise of further discussion based on copious notes I did a few years back, and with this post I’m starting to fulfil that p...
Chris · 3W ago

How to spot a reader

The surefire way to identify an eager beaver young reader is to listen to them. How do they pronounce the words they’ve seen in print but never heard? Do they — as I remember being sniggered...
Chris · 3W ago

In a spin

In yet another attempt to tackle my to-be-read pile I’ve decided to take a leaf out of the book put together by The Classics Club blog. They have a concept called the ‘Classics Spin’, as det...
Chris · 3M ago

Lively and inventive

Joan Aiken The Whispering Mountain Puffin 1970 / Red Fox 1992 (1968) Not strictly a prequel to the Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence (our young hero Owen Hughes re-appears around the time ...
Chris · 1M ago

Like a Hyena

Eftsoones out of her hidden cave she called An hideous beast, of horrible aspect, That could the stoutest courage have appalled; Monstrous misshaped, and all his back was specked With thousa...