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Chris · 11h ago

Cockatoo memento mori

Grandmother Mary once had a canary (or so it was said at the zoo) though I was distracted, nay, even attracted by large piles of elephant poo. It wasn’t the smell — this much I could tell — ...
Chris · 2d ago

The Joy of Books (2)

  We’ve seen the sign. We’ve admired the façade. We’ve gone as far as opening the door and stepping over the threshold. What delights await us as the tinkle of the bell dies away? We hope fo...
Chris · 4d ago

A Mythical History of Britain

Richard Barber Myths and Legends of the British Isles Boydell 1999 This splendid volume collects together nearly forty different stories from Britain and Ireland, from the Roman period to th...
Chris · 6d ago

The Joy of Books (1)

There’s something about book anticipation that gets to this particular bibliophile. When I was a kid I remember being intrigued by the packaging of Fry’s Five Boys chocolate bar with its fiv...
Chris · 1W ago

Multi-layered page-turner

Brian Aldiss, Helliconia: Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer, Helliconia Winter Gollancz SF Masterworks 2010 The Helliconian trilogy is a multi-layered composition, as long and as rich as ...
Chris · 1W ago

Dial L for Library

These days most people have mobile phones (‘cellphones’ to transatlantic readers) and as a result many phone boxes (‘phone booths’) are becoming redundant, in the UK at least. As it is, many...
Chris · 1W ago

The cat and the quilt

Nicola Bayley & William Mayne The Patchwork Cat Puffin Books 1984 (1981) This picture book is both a delightful and a painful work to review. First the delight. The text of The Patchwork Cat...
Chris · 2W ago

Regency murders

P D James and T A Critchley The Maul and the Pear Tree: the Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811 Faber & Faber 2010 I deliberately began reading The Maul and the Pear Tree exactly two hundred yea...
Chris · 2W ago

Sighs, pie charts and statistics

Many of you booklovers may well be familiar with LibraryThing, one of many sites available for cataloguing books you’ve read or that are in your library — plus all the other interaction expe...
Chris · 2W ago

London is the hero

China Miéville Kraken: an Anatomy Pan 2010 Welcome to London and an underground of cults, cops, criminals, squid. There has been precious little discussion about the significance, if any, of...