A political heavy-weight

On Thursday President Donald Trump (not the "heavy-weight" of my title) was acquitted by the US Senate. The day before, he gave his State of the Union address, with supporters cheering “Four more years.” Those who, like the Blogger, find this depressing, may wish to be...

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Defending women in “Evil Under The Sun”

It’s now respectable to like and enjoy Agatha Christie, and I do, as I think previous posts have amply shown. I've read nearly all the Christies, most of them more than once, and they are a great go-to comfort read; but some of them are perhaps...

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Victims of the author

Imagine that you are walking past a lonely graveyard at night, when you hear a terrifying shriek, improbably smell garlic or blood, and see white things flitting about. You run home as fast as you can, lock the door, and then start to wonder. What...

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My birthday presents

I boasted on Facebook that I was given eleven books for my birthday (thank you very much to the donors!) This is just as consumerist as boasting about any other item I have bought or someone has bought for me, but never mind. Many of...

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CS Lewis – a celebration

Most people in Britain today who are even half-literate will have heard of CS Lewis, and a large proportion will have read one or more of his books, or had it read to them. When you think about it, this is quite impressive for someone...

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Prime-time replacements for Paul and Prue?

Welcome back to the tent, writers! Last week, the Great British Write-Off featured Romance in all its forms. Star Writer was, perhaps surprisingly, JK, and we had to say goodbye to Bernard. Today, for the first time, The Great British Write-Off is featuring an SF/Fantasy week. So...

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The Sadducees and Julian Barnes

Recently I was reading the section in chapter 22 of Matthew’s gospel where Jesus is asked a question by the Sadducees “who say there is no resurrection.” “Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married and died, and having no children left his wife...

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