'Tis the time of year when I go offline to channel my inner Mr Bennet - drink wine, read books and make sarcastic comments to visiting relatives. But before doing so, I wanted to extend season's greetings and wish you the very best for the coming … [Read more...] about Happy Holidays, 1978 and 2018
So the challenge was to retell "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens in the form of an email inbox. This is the result. As always, start at the bottom... Never read much Dickens, and was surprised at the humour. Echoes of Terry Pratchett … [Read more...] about Scrooge’s emails
Mallory Ortberg has a brilliant take on a similar question, written from a largely female point of view. So I wondered, how might a man tell if he's living in a Jane Austen novel? You once proposed to a woman and it did not go as well as … [Read more...] about Are you a male character in a Jane Austen novel?
The good news: books will never go out of fashion as holiday gifts. The bad news: the number of shopping days until December 25th insists on dropping by one every 24 hours. If you're planning some printed purchases, here a few Austenesque … [Read more...] about Austenesque books for Christmas
Imagine Mr Bennet, comfortable at Longbourn surrounded by his books. And the door firmly shut against interruptions. Now imagine him advising a young man on how best to court a lady. You can't? Neither can Mr Bennet. But then the son of an old … [Read more...] about Introducing “Cake and Courtship”
Books often have a time and a place in life. With the Gruffalo, it was winter evenings when our two sons were much younger. (Now they have evolved from the Gruffalo to merely gruff.) Play & Explore at https://t.co/CPQxR6f8D0 #Gruffalo … [Read more...] about My other favourite books: #3 The Gruffalo