Category Archives: Books

In great have I spent libraries…


Books red and

Humming spines gold


Spinning I am dizzy


Library man with round glasses

Eyes like boiled lollies

‘Give me a kiss

and I’ll give you a penny’


Park Street

Holy ground

Green paneled walls

 John Bull’s Weekly


Myer Library

Mrs Stewart

Freedom of the lanes

A galleon on the cover


Athenaeum Library

Bobs Martin

Marble steps

Old Vogues tied up with string


Kensington and Chelsea Library

Confetti on the path

Frank Conroy

Body and Soul


Rain falling

My father’s books

Piled up on the skip

Lego ergo sum


Gert Loveday – The Lies and Life of Bella Hatherley


Here once more for your delectation is another glimpse into our unpublished book about the life of Bella Hatherley. The Gerts are somewhat divided on this book. One, myself, who has just reread it recently, finds it rather good. The other, while quite liking it, feels that a book narrated in the voice of a seven-year old girl is not to the taste of many readers (she is nine years old by the end of the book.) No matter how much I remind her of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, or To Kill a Mockingbird or White Oleander or even Great Expectations, she remains unconvinced. Continue reading Gert Loveday – The Lies and Life of Bella Hatherley

Larissa Behrendt – After Story

Something of a miracle has just occurred in Australia. A four year old girl, who disappeared  in the night while her family was camping in a remote area of Western Australia, has been found alive and well after being gone for eighteen days. The whole country is rejoicing.

But while this was happening, I was reading Larissa Behrendt’s novel After Story where a child who was taken from her family home was never seen alive again.

Continue reading Larissa Behrendt – After Story

Ursula K. Le Guin – Always Coming Home

Now the year is wearing on and we are coming to the end of October, I am able to report I have completed my tenth Great Book for the year, and a complex and challenging work it is. Always Coming Home is the story of the Kesh people, their culture and customs, and incidents from the lives of some of its people. We are also taken into its antithesis, the Condor world, a world of war, cities, and machines, where women are completely subjugated. Continue reading Ursula K. Le Guin – Always Coming Home

Cosy Crime for Every Taste

In the beginning Cosy Crime was the province of British writers. Agatha Christie, Marjorie Allingham et al, but it has come to my notice that American writers are now getting in on the act and I do wonder if they are taking it seriously. There are many series of so called ‘ cosy murders,’ set in bookshops, libraries, coffee shops, and cake shops, mostly with punning titles.  Continue reading Cosy Crime for Every Taste