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!”

Exhibition Review ‘From Hamlet to Hollywood’ The Barley Hall York

There promises to be a lot more activity on Bookstains this year – and a lot of changes.  It seems that these days that everyone and their wives are doing poetry challenges,  so I feel that it is time to close mine in order to retain some originality.  I shall still be featuring poetry but it shallContinue reading “Exhibition Review ‘From Hamlet to Hollywood’ The Barley Hall York”

Book: The worst street by Fiona Rule

Where does the time fly to?  It is a couple of weeks or so since I last posted on here.  That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy reading though – or watching.  I have now finished ‘The worst street in London’ by Fiona Rule.  The street in question is Dorset Street, Spitalfields London.  I wasContinue reading “Book: The worst street by Fiona Rule”

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)”

Titus Groan: Swelter receives a surprise

Well I finished Titus Groan  a several weeks ago.  I saw him safely come into his Kingdom and I have been propelled five years into the future.  Ghosts haunt Gormenghast – but some aren’t dead.  Flay is living, not roughly but quite nicely thank you.  He has now acquired two caves for himself, which heContinue reading “Titus Groan: Swelter receives a surprise”

Titus Groan: Keda

I’ve not wrote about my re reading of Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake for a while.  But that doesn’t mean that I’ve haven’t been reading it.  I have and am very nearly finished the first book and shall be soon into Gormenghast itself.   But as far as the writing concerned, I am up to theContinue reading “Titus Groan: Keda”

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”

Titus Groan – Nannie Slagg’s outing

Back to the story.  I am now more than half way through ‘Titus Groan’, the writing is miles behind though…. This chapter deals with Nannie Slagg undertaking to get baby Titus a wet-nurse from the dwellings outside the castle. The acacia trees, silhouetted on her right, cut patterns against the mountain and on her left glowed dimlyContinue reading “Titus Groan – Nannie Slagg’s outing”

Titus Groan – Fuchsia’s attic and adventures with cake

Fuchsia has gone on an adventure.  She has pulled back her bed, opened a cupboard door and ascended into darkness with only a candle to lead her.  This is Fuchsia’s secret world – her attic:- One of these narrow beams lit Fuchsia’s forehead and shoulder, and another plucked a note of crimson from her dress. Continue reading “Titus Groan – Fuchsia’s attic and adventures with cake”