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FATHERS IN LITERATURE

On Fathers’ day considering  how fathers are represented in some of our most well-known classic novels is  irresistible. And the interesting thing is that so many are entirely absent. The orphan seems to be such a prevalent figure, after all, in 19th century literature. Jane Eyre’s father? Long gone, along with her mother, leaving her...

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And Now for the Non-Fiction …

This really is cheating the Desert Island Discs system. Not only have I swapped music for books, now I am insisting on 8 non-fiction as well as 8 novels. Last week’s selection came so easily to mind, whereas this week’s has taken a little more consideration … It is often said that men tend to...

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A Book Lovers’ Lockdown Desert Island …

You know how it goes: which 8 gramophone (they don’t actually still use that wonderfully archaic word, I don’t think, but it used to be there) records would you take to your desert island?  And lately, there’s been a variation  on the theme of a well-known (ostensibly …) person being invited to name the 8 pieces...