Monthly Archives: April 2013

“Hatton Garden” by Rachel Lichtenstein

A wonderful find: a personal and in-depth history of this part of London, ending with a breathtaking account of an official descent to and along the ancient and hidden River Fleet. An evocative and fact-filled book, making any visit to … Continue reading

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“The Illustrated Man” by Ray Bradbury

My first Ray Bradbury. Fascinating. As stories go they are like others I’ve read: really intriguing ideas, strong atmospheres, but ending weakly, either flattish, or with an ending that isn’t supposed to be obvious but is, kind of. Not that … Continue reading

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The Woman in Black

All good fun. I’d seen the stage play many years ago with a school group, and had, as everyone else, jumped with shock as the lights revealed the ghost woman rocking furiously on her chair. I’d always been amazed how … Continue reading

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“Truth or Beauty” by David Orren

‘”Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’ (John Keats, “Ode to a Grecian Urn”, last lines) A random website on this poem says “The exact meaning of those … Continue reading

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