People who are evil

(After last week's froth, something rather darker.  Warning: contents may distress or disturb.) In December last year, a sentencing judge said to a woman who had defrauded and attempted to murder her sister, “Quite frankly, you are evil.” Judges do say this kind of thing, and I...

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Romance in September

(Warning: spoilers below) “What’s the best love story you’ve ever read?” This was the question interestingly posed on Facebook’s Woman Alive Book Club page.  There were a lot of suggestions – Ross and Demelza from Poldark, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Jane Eyre” were obviously high on the...

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Dreams and adult disbelief in modern fiction

If your friend came to you and said, “The woman next door is a witch, and her spell is the reason my brother got cancer,” you would not believe him.  Would you?  We're all civilised nowadays. In 1900, Frank L Baum published a story called “The...

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