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Chris · 2d ago

A witch’s trial

Terry Pratchett: A Hat Full of Sky Corgi 2012 (2004) We’re all familiar with Alice going through the looking-glass into a topsy-turvy world, a world where she is able to look at things in a ...
Chris · 1w ago

Parallel lines

How many narratives are there, and how are they put together? Why are we often satisfied with some stories which, when described, sound trite or clichéd while other more complex tales, more ...
Chris · 1W ago

What the child’s eye saw

Eleanor Farjeon: The Little Bookroom Eleanor Farjeon’s Short Stories for Children Chosen by Herself Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone Oxford University Press 2011 (1955) Of all the rooms in th...
Chris · 2W ago

Final whispers from the mountain

With this post I hope to complete my explorations of Joan Aiken’s The Whispering Mountain before finally returning to Dido Twite’s continuing adventures. If you’re new to Joan Aiken’s worlds...
Chris · 2W ago

Degrees of separation

Do you find that, mysteriously, the books you have recently been reading are somehow linked, one to another? I’ve noted this before, but was reminded of it by Helen of She Reads Novels when ...
Chris · 3W ago

“This dismal place”

‘Hey, you — you there, you boy!’ The driver’s voice startled Owen by its loud, harsh, resonant tones. ‘Y-yes, sir,’ he stammered. ‘Can I help you?’ ‘Is this dismal place the town of Pennygaf...
Chris · 3W ago

Touchstones

In the last three months we’ve lost two women who, between them, contributed hugely to the world of the human imagination. I say lost, but in truth we were privileged to have found them in t...
Chris · 4W ago

Scorn and pity

Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent. A Simple Tale Penguin Modern Classics 1963 (1907) “… perverse reason has its own logical processes.” — Author’s Note added 1920 Late Victorian London was a h...
Chris · 1M ago

Joan Aiken and King Arthur

Joan Aiken’s award-winning novel The Whispering Mountain is chockfull of Arthurian allusions, some of which I’ve adverted to in previous posts. Here is where I bring these and other relevant...
Chris · 1M ago

Pendragonry?

The very phrase “King Arthur” — perhaps with the addition of “and his knights of the Round Table” — is enough to get many people excited, be they romantics, conspiracy theorists or sceptical...