Month: May 2020

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Who Reads Who …and what?

One of my favourite writers is Anne Tyler. She is someone who seems to make writing look effortless and easy – which, of course, shows what a great writer she is. To write simply, accessibly, and yet still  convey depth of character and emotion and say all you want to say – well, it’s very,...

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A WOMAN’S PLACE …

As every upstanding, respectable and notably patriarchal male of Victorian times knew, the popular image of the angel in the house was not just an image, but mandatory.  His wife had to aspire and fulfil the demands  of being passive, powerless, pious and pure.  At the same time, she was also expected to be charming,...

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The Pleasures of Reading …

It has to say something about a nation’s priorities – observing what is first released out of lockdown. And I am sure that I am not the only read-aholic to notice that one of Italy’s first actions was to allow bookshops to open.  How wise and entirely appropriate! Switzerland has approved beauty salons and flower...

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It’s the word that’s the problem …

Admittedly, as a writer, I tend to be a bit fussy about words. Some people might even call me obsessive. Few things annoy me more, for example, than that constant misuse of the word ‘literally’ – as in my heart was literally in my mouth or I was literally knocked over with surprise.  So it’s no wonder...

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Birthdays in Lockdown …

Birthdays in lockdown – the latest of curious experiences in these most curious of times. And not my own. If I have to spend my birthday still in lockdown the world will be in a very grave situation since it’s not until that remotest of months, December. And if we have to be grateful for...