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Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall

To understand and appreciate the fourteen du Maurier stories that are based round Cornwall it’s vital to be in situ, which is why I made  this trip. I prepped up in the morning by reading Daphne du  Maurier’s Cornwall.  She always did her research thoroughly and she writes fully on [...]

July 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

A literary journey

    For a few years I wanted to visit Daphne Du Maurier’s Cornwall. Few novelists are so associated withe their locale as du Maurier is with Cornwall, in particular the area around Par. Daphne Du Maurier I succeeded  in reserving a week at Pridmouth Cottage overlooking the cove [...]

July 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Village of Secrets

Twenty or so years ago I met an interesting New York lawyer in Paris who scarcely conformed with the venal prototype of that profession. He had come to Paris not just to join a European law group, but as part of a charity called Christians who saved Jews. Their  mission was to trace those who [...]

July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is a bestseller, having sold 2 million copies and been translated into 18 languages. The author is swiss ,Joel Dicker,  and this is his first novel. He is not yet 30 – a startling career beckons, or does it? The novel begins with a writer Marcus [...]

June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Oh Jackie!

As a young man, I’m not quite sure why, I confess that found Jackie Kennedy (later Onassis) strangely attractive in a sexual sense. I suspect my devotion may have been borne of a sense of human compassion and sympathy for her in respect of JFK’s philandering nature and assassination, perhaps [...]

May 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here, m’Dear …

Back in the Dark Ages of the 20th Century, simply for our own enjoyment, some pals and I spent a proportion of our leisure time producing nakedly self-indulgent sports magazines – the first devoted exclusively to boxing and the second attempting to broaden our unique approach to all sports that [...]

May 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Prime Ministers by Yehuda Avner

Yehuda Avner was advisor, speech writer and note taken for Israeli Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin. This is a fascinating account of each and provides a essential insight into Israeli politics and diplomacy. As he took  the notes  of many a decisive [...]

May 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Coming up on the rails

Much is made these days of the theme that modern youngsters are turned off books by the eternal march of new technology. We are told that social media, Twitter, Facebook, computer games and the fast-moving, busy, nature of life today have resulted in people being able to relate to the world only in [...]

May 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Great Lives/Arnold Bennett

Much as I criticise the BBC, I do consider that their arts broadcasting on Radio 4 are of high quality and worth the licence fee alone. Saturday Review presented by Tom Sutcliffe and Front Row are consistent in their critiques. Another programme I enjoy is Great Lives, presented by former Tory [...]

April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

What’s the bloody point of it all?

After reading Keith Lowe’s review of a new book War: What Is It Good For? by Ian Morris, I cannot help reflecting – against the raft of 21st Century conflicts and crises such as that now unfolding in the Ukraine – that maybe the concept of Western-style democracy is little more than [...]

April 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

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