Christmas books

As we wander round the shopping centres or do the washing-up, favourite Christmas songs and carols come at our ears from all directions. And every family has its Christmas film and TV traditions. What about books? I am not here talking about Advent reflections, which I...

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Mostly quotations

San Diego is a magnificent city in California.  I would like to tell you what I most wanted to see when we went there for a conference of Mark’s earlier this year, and why. You can award yourself points when you see where this is going. Thousands...

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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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Keep calm…

There is a time to be born, and a time to die. There is a time to fall into despair about the state of the nation. But let’s take a break from that.  Let’s KEEP CALM AND READ JANE AUSTEN. Jane Austen is a unique author. Consider: She wrote six novels (Pride and...

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Charlotte Yonge – Victorian Bestseller

On Saturday 16th, I attended the Spring Meeting of the Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship in Eastleigh, Hampshire.  It was my privilege to give the opening talk, introducing the works of this author to those attending who might not be familiar with her.  This is an...

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Denouements

I’ve finally finished reading a box-set SF trilogy given me a while ago by a friend.  The Void trilogy by Peter F Hamilton (a British writer apparently of some renown) is really one long story in three volumes, but is part of an overall sequence...

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The heroes of “Pride and Prejudice”

Last Friday, the meeting of the Anglican leaders  called by the Archbishop of Canterbury broke up without a formal split in the Communion, and issued a statement.  I am intending to post a blog about this, but am still gathering thoughts and information. In the meantime,...

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