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Chris · 1d ago

Playacting

Dodie Smith: It Ends with Revelations Corsair 2012 (1967) July 1967. The Sexual Offences Act 1967 was passed in England and Wales, decriminalising homosexual acts between consenting males ag...
Chris · 2d ago

What he’d learned

Originally posted on Zenrinji: Not long ago – it may be yesterday – there were two children called Alice and Bran. Now Alice and Bran lived in the last house at the end of the estate on the ...
Chris · 6d ago

A dark tale for a dark age

Kazuo Ishiguro: The Buried Giant Faber & Faber 2016 (2015) It’s extraordinary that for a book with this title the only mention of a burial place for such a fearsome creature comes very late ...
Chris · 1W ago

Innocence and inanity

Bruno Vincent: Five Go Bookselling Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups Hodder and Stoughton 2017 Maybe you missed it but Saturday 7th October 2017 was Bookshop Day in the UK and Ireland. I was involve...
Chris · 1W ago

A Week in Provence

Maryse Joissains Masini et al (editors) Les Architectes et la Ville Livret des Journées Européennes du Patrimoine Aix-en-Provence et Pays D’Aix In mid-September the city of Aix-en-Provence a...
Chris · 2W ago

Questions and quests

Patricia A McKillip: The Riddle-Master’s Game The Riddle-Master of Hed (1976);  Heir of Sea and Fire (1977); Harpist in the Wind (1979) Introduction by Graham Sleight Gollancz Fantasy Master...
Chris · 2W ago

Last of the summer.* Sigh.

A change is as good as a rest, they say, and in my case the rest and the change coincided. Eurostar took us all the way to Marseille, and a week exploring the historic and cultural heart of ...
Chris · 2W ago

Slow progress

Remember Mount TBR? I’d aimed to read twenty-four of my tsundoku titles — books that I’d bought or otherwise acquired before 2017, not including library books and rereads — to achieve a noti...
Chris · 3W ago

Troublesome games

Games, thought Dido, they sure cause a lot of trouble. — Limbo Lodge, chapter 8 Joan Aiken’s 1999 novel Limbo Lodge was entitled Dangerous Games in the 1998 US edition, and this gives us one...
Chris · 3W ago

Break

A temporary post to let regular readers know I shall be offline for a little while — but not to worry! I shall return in due course with, hopefully, further goodies. Like Icarus in Pieter Br...