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On the spot by chance

I started reading Raymond Chandler in the late green Penguin period of crime fiction publishing at the urging of a poet.  I hadn’t read any crime fiction til then.  3,085 more words


What I'm Reading Next

Book-wise, I’m really excited, because this week I found out that Robert Harris has announced that his third installment in his ‘Cicero’ series will be released in October! 163 more words


My week in coffee

My week in coffee …

Seeing as Mumpty is a creature of habit, and coffee is a rather significant “habit” of mine (particularly in the morning,) I decided I would thrill you (or otherwise!) with a little overview of how my coffee week typically goes!   863 more words

Mumpty Stories


The idea of the counterfactual is an endlessly fascinating premise for a story: the eternal question of what if? How might things have been different if one pivotal moment in history had gone the other way – if that key person hadn’t been there, if that car or train had broken down, if the weather had been different? 411 more words

Modern Classics

The Phil Thrill!............................ Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson

…………………………………… I bought this on the basis of two connected recommendations. Firstly the cover has a little sticker on it which reads “The best thriller I’ve ever read – Philip Pullman”. 1,265 more words

Book Reviews

Enigmatic at Bletchley Park

My ongoing investigation of the alleged widespread dislike of Victorian architecture at some point in the past – which I dispute – led me to this passage from… 341 more words


*Awakes From Hibernation*

*bursts through door*

It’s been a month, no? Two? What year is it, anyway?

I’ve spent the last three-ish months reading, baking, sleeping and generally being a useless element of society. 310 more words

Book Reviews