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Comfy reading - a pair of Beverleys!

Typically enough, having a week off for half term in February was a good time for my system to decide it would collapse, and I spent most of the break wrestling with the worst head-cold I’d had for a while! 1,024 more words

Rachel Ferguson's Celebrated Sequels

I posted a blog on Rachel Ferguson’s 1934 book of parodies, Celebrated Sequels, on Vulpes Libris. Those pilloried and adored by the superb writer of… 32 more words


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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