Happy Birthday Thomas Hardy!

English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (2nd June 1840 – 11th January 1928) Dorset, England focused his work on the decline of rural society. He was a great fan of Charles Dickens and George Elliot. His romantic poetry was influenced by William Wordsworth. Hardy regarded himself foremost as a poet. His first poetry collection was published inContinue reading “Happy Birthday Thomas Hardy!”

Normal service shall be resumed -very soon

This blog has been rather neglected  for the last couple of months.  I’ve not given it up – and I’ve plenty of material to add.  So watch this space………….. test card image is from here Happy Burns night! Happy Birthday Playwright, columnist and novelist Keith Waterhouse  (1929 – 2009)

Dear Reader I read it book review ‘The Blackhouse by Peter May

The last detective stories I read were Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.  I have been known to read the occasional Agatha Christie – oh and there was that Patricia Cornwell book about Walter Sickert being Jack the Ripper (which I didn’t like – and was still a little  bit furious with ), I digress already.  IContinue reading “Dear Reader I read it book review ‘The Blackhouse by Peter May”

Watched – Enid (Blyton)

Bonham Carter as Enid Blyton When I was a child, Enid Blyton was my favorite author. She was beloved of most children: a wonderful storyteller whose stories kept you entranced. But I often wondered what Blyton was  like as a person. Helena Bonham Carter was, at first glance, a surprising choice, to play Blyton in thisContinue reading “Watched – Enid (Blyton)”

Well Read?

It’s the third day of the ‘blog every day for a whole week on bookstains challenge’ and I’ve been wondering which is the worlds most best-selling book..  The answer is surprising.  I would have thought it was the bible –  but it isn’t.  The sales of these  best-selling books are over 1 million copies.  They are- A Tale of Two Cities by CharlesContinue reading “Well Read?”

Dear Reader I read it ‘My Fault’ by Billy Childish’

I have recently  finished reading  ‘My Fault’ by artist/poet/writer and musician Billy Childish and I am now  half way through his second book Notebooks of a Naked Youth.   My Fault is about growing up – the hard way.  Childish writes forcibly and sometimes brutally as his alter ego Steven Hamperson.   There is so much honesty and at timesContinue reading “Dear Reader I read it ‘My Fault’ by Billy Childish’”

Happy Birthday Dear Jane Austen!

  Today is the 235th birthday of British writer Jane Austen b. 1775 -1817.  In her short lifetime Austen completed 6 books.  I have read all of them, and have to say that Pride and Prejudice is my very favorite (followed closely by Emma).  To celebrate her birthday see my Echostains which explores her portraits. Meanwhile overContinue reading “Happy Birthday Dear Jane Austen!”

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

I wrote this short review quite a while ago –  and forgot all about it.  I just found it again in my drafts so……   It has taken me quite a while to read Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd.  this isn’t because it was boring – quite the contrary.  It is a strange novel – evenContinue reading “Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd”

The empty Bookcase (nearly)

   Well I finished my Flashback challenge a while ago, and I shall be writing about it (eventually).  I’ve read an assortment of books lately like ‘The worse Street in London’ by Fiona Rule (introduction by Peter Ackroyd) and the Dukan Diet by Dr pierre Dukan.  Talking of Ackroyd I have just bought Ackroyds ‘Hawksmoor’ and ‘Wolf Hall’ byContinue reading “The empty Bookcase (nearly)”

Authors I have read – Charles Dickens

  Charles Dickens is one of my favorite authors of all time – I just love his characterisations and observations concerning the quirkiness of human behaviour.  I have read nearly all his books, but there are one or two that have passed me by and some, though popular with others, leave me cold.    MyContinue reading “Authors I have read – Charles Dickens”