Persuasion? Blasphemy! Stay behind after class, Mark, and write 100 times on the blackboard: I will not disrespect Mr Darcy. I will not disrespect Mr Darcy So, of all the Jane Austen novels, why is this one my favourite? Well, why not? Pride … [Read more...] about My other favourite books: #2 Persuasion
Everything from early-morning thoughts to late-night questions, with a small break for afternoon tea and cake.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld books always leave me like an apprentice decorator in the Sistine Chapel. I stare sadly at my paint roller and a bucket of "Daffodil White" emulsion, knowing I will never get close to that level of quality. Wit, wisdom, … [Read more...] about My other favourite books: #1 The Discworld novels
With thanks to my sons Michael and Patrick for water management and camera operation. And to Mrs B for keeping her laughter under control. Visit Chawton House Library to learn about this important literary treasure. Donate to its "Jane … [Read more...] about The Darcy Proposal #TheDarcyLook
It's a question I get asked a lot. Which is odd, because it's not as if Ms Austen is undiscovered or underrated. Nobody ever thinks to ask why I like novels by Terry Pratchett or Mark Lawrence. Or football. Or twiglets. Or even Poldark. … [Read more...] about Why do you like Jane Austen?
Novels don't write themselves (yet), and there's never enough time. Not with kids, a job, housework and, um, football to watch. Which is where National Novel Writing Month comes in - you commit to producing 50,000 words in November. Coming from … [Read more...] about 10 lessons from writing 50,000 words in a month
I like Pride and Prejudice's Mr Bennet. He enjoys a bit of humor with a dark pinch of cynicism thrown in. But this humor can be brutal, almost unpleasantly so. For example, he says this to Elizabeth after Bingley has left for London and, … [Read more...] about Why Mr Bennet, why?