Wreath

The day after the General Election. I suppose we all cope with unfortunate news in our own way (for some people the news was not unfortunate, though I don't know any of those people). I went out for coffee with friends as had been the plan for weeks. When I got in I didn't know… Continue reading Wreath

Winter Notes : One

By the Thames. A world apart from the grumbling, smoky red-tail-light traffic up above on the ring road A young tree points skywards. A cloudy Monday morning but there is still colour to be found in gentle browns, greens and greys. East Hendred. Birch and puddles beneath a suddenly blue sky. The crisp air sun… Continue reading Winter Notes : One

Review: The Light in the Dark

The Light in The Dark a Winter Hournal, by Horatio Claire (Paperback edition,  Elliot & Thompson) I first reviewed The Light in the Dark (pub. 2018) in January 2019, in the hardback edition I borrowed from the library. The book is wonderfully written of course, the words and ideas are the important thing, and my… Continue reading Review: The Light in the Dark

Review: Irreplaceable

  Irreplaceable by Julian Hoffman (Penguin/Hamish Hamilton) We begin with a murmuration of starlings above Brighton Pier; some people have come especially to see this, some are caught up in it after a day at the seaside, or on their way elsewhere. Hoffman describes the birds "...being sieved unseen from the sea" and we can… Continue reading Review: Irreplaceable

Review: Underland, A Deep Time Journey.

Underland by Robert MacFarlane (Penguin/Hamish Hamilton) In the early 1980s I was 14 and we went on a geography field trip to the Dales. I wasn't what you'd describe an intrepid teenager, yet I found myself on high tightropes in tree top assault courses and caving. We went down Long Churn; I am convinced I… Continue reading Review: Underland, A Deep Time Journey.

Review: Bone China

Bone China by Laura Purcell Fiend as I am for a spooky tale I immediately requested this when it popped up on NetGalley...: In the caves beneath a remote house on the Cornish coast Dr Pinecroft and his daughter, Louise, have created a sanatorium in an attempt to find a cure for consumption. Pinecroft is… Continue reading Review: Bone China

Amelia’s Books, or, A Bit of Car Park Treasure.

I first wrote a version of this as a Twitter thread so some of you may have seen it before.  Then I thought why not put it here too and try break though my blog-block (it's definitely a thing) at the same time. There are still a lot of books hanging about in the car… Continue reading Amelia’s Books, or, A Bit of Car Park Treasure.