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Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972)

Sir Edward Montague Anthony Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972) came from a theatrical and bohemian family. He was the son of the actor/manager Edward Compton Mackenzie, founder of the Compton Comedy Company. 798 more words

Book Reviews

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

The old has gone, and the new has come.  As usual, I didn’t managed to read quite as many books as I had wanted to, but bought a good deal more books than I had planned for, in the past year. 244 more words


Irked Again!

I know I’m not the only one in the book blogosphere who’s got an issue with the misdescription of second-hand books by online sellers – but I seem to have had a run of real back luck recently… 603 more words

Cryptoquote Spoiler - 09/26/14

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”   —   Beverley Nichols

(Our first Beverley Nichols quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  149 more words


Hyacinth Bean Tales

A word from my beloved Beverley Nichols:

Long experience has taught me that whereas people will take advice about love, and about money, and about nearly all the problems which beset us in life, they will scarcely ever take advice about their gardens.

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Recent Reads: Death to Slow Music by Beverley Nichols

I hadn’t realised quite what an effect the Martha Gellhorn book had had on me till I started casting around for the next thing to read – and realised that I had a bit of a book hangover and really, really needed something in total contrast and something that would be a bit more feel-good – enter Beverley, to the rescue! 738 more words