Pratchett Soup

Do you ever hear a story about a book or an author you love and just do a mental double take? What? Really? Did I just dream that? I have no doubt that you’ve heard of Terry Pratchett but have you heard about the weird things his German publishers did in the 1990s? He hadContinue reading “Pratchett Soup”

The Curses of an Angry Aunt

I like the novels of P.G. Woodhouse, especially the ones about Jeeves and Wooster. They are light, slightly ridiculous, and genuinely funny stories, poking gentle fun at the rather stupid ‘idle rich’ variety of English gentlefolk. They were written in the early twentieth century but you could be forgiven for thinking they might be setContinue reading “The Curses of an Angry Aunt”

How Not To Propose

Pride and Prejudice was Jane Austin’s second novel, published in 1813, and has never been out of print. In fact, I imagine it is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice must be doing something right, hey? It is a romantic novel of manners and also a satire, and many things in between. IfContinue reading “How Not To Propose”

The Canterbury Tales – drunkenness, fart jokes and arse-kissing

The Canterbury Tales was written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the late 14th century. It’s 24 very different short stories held together by the idea that a group of pilgrims are travelling together from London to Canterbury and decide to have a story-telling competition. It’s worth reading for a lot of reasons (and there are plentyContinue reading “The Canterbury Tales – drunkenness, fart jokes and arse-kissing”

Watching TV

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke is a science fiction novel published in 1953. It is about aliens coming to Earth and taking over in a completely non-violent way. Basically, they see what an utter mess we’re making of everything – all the war, bigotry, cruelty to animals, and so forth – and they stepContinue reading “Watching TV”


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