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Andre Gerard’s Alpine Gamble

Andre Gerard’s Alpine Gamble

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence...

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Virginia Woolf: c. Dec 1910

Virginia Woolf: c. Dec 1910

On or about December 1910 human character changed...

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Arnold Bennett: Alerter and Curiouser

Arnold Bennett: Alerter and Curiouser

The foundation of good fiction is character-creating, and nothing else...

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Amy Lowell visits the Poetry Bookshop

Amy Lowell visits the Poetry Bookshop

I well remember the first time I went to the Poetry Bookshop. It was in July, 1913...

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Bringing Memories

Bringing Memories

Claude McKay offered in Harlem Shadows a genuinely new sensibility in African American and Black Caribbean arts...

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ID

ID

Whatever my own hesitations, I usually end up challenging the idea that there are things we must not write about, for fear of giving offense...

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100 Years of Ulysses

100 Years of Ulysses

On February 2 2022, Ulysses turns 100...

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Thus Saith the Rhino

Thus Saith the Rhino

‘And’ is superfluous, omissible. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the regulated couplets of Tang poetry...

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Pinched

Pinched

Tricking people into sharing copies of manuscripts with you turns out to be seriously illegal...

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Rachel Howard: Paradise Was Ash

Rachel Howard: Paradise Was Ash

The men stayed one year, then another. Where else to go?

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Orwell’s Perfect Boozer

Orwell’s Perfect Boozer

My favourite public-house, the Moon Under Water, is only two minutes from a bus stop, but it is on a side-street...

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Susan Daitch on Natan Mendelson, Jef de Wulf and Mazarin

Susan Daitch on Natan Mendelson, Jef de Wulf and Mazarin

Where do you put that memory as you sit in a café in Dizengoff Street, when it taps you on the shoulder and asks if this seat is taken?

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Wit, Sarcasm, Satire

Wit, Sarcasm, Satire

The Dud Avocado follows the period young Sally Gorce chooses an expat existence in Paris over college...

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London’s Top Tips

London’s Top Tips

Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen...

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Chawles and the Cormorants by A. Conan Doyle, M.B., C.M.

Chawles and the Cormorants by A. Conan Doyle, M.B., C.M.

With these impedimenta carefully corded up in a strong deal box I felt myself equal to any photographic emergency...

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Literature Direct Publishing

Literature Direct Publishing

Unlike the ancient Odyssey or the modernist Ulysses, the epic work that is Amazon delivers immediate gratification to all customers...

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Le Carré was not part of the literary bureaucracy…

Le Carré was not part of the literary bureaucracy…

John le Carré became a diligent student of nineteenth-century German literature. He was recruited by the British Secret Intelligence Service while at Oxford...

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Andre Gerard’s Sleuthing Delights

Andre Gerard’s Sleuthing Delights

The biggest delight of my Conan Doyle sleuthing may well be a false clue, even if the facts are not in doubt...

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