A novel which concludes that domesticity in Mispec Moor is preferable to Romance in Caer Omn. Quirky, sardonic fantasy (think Thurber) from one of America’s greatest authors. This is Volume X in the Storisende edition, which I shall be reviewing once I’ve (re-)read the lot. ****

2017 Thumbnail Review #3 Something About Eve by James Branch ...

This review is dedicated to the genetically unique Güneş Taylor who, at the moment I am composing this, is writing the final words of her PhD thesis in what Rutherford calls ‘one of the grand endeavours of twenty-first century genetics’. Good luck, Güneş! Good luck, me. Rutherford’s book is both […]

2017 Review #1 A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever ...

Shall I tell you a secret? Each episode of Tiffany Jenkins’ five-part radio series The History of Secrecy (Radio 4, Dec 19-23rd) was interesting, but the major effect was cumulative. By the end, two clear messages had emerged. The first was that secrecy is always a double-edged sword, the second […]

2016 Review #6 The History of Secrecy by Tiffany Jenkins

I have long argued that English Literature ends in about 1400AD. I was fascinated to discover, in Andrew Marr’s useful TV programme on Fantasy, that J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis believed that English Literature shouldn’t be taught beyond 1400, so that you could concentrate on the important stuff (there are some later […]


The new Ireland: new moral state? Saturday 22 October, 12.00 – 13.00 , Pit Theatre  In May 2015, Ireland voted by an overwhelming majority to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in the world to do so by popular vote. This decision, hailed as a social revolution, marks an […]

The new Ireland: new moral state?

Death and the meaning of life Sunday 23 October, 16.00 – 17.15 , Cinema 3  ‘Not to be here, not to be anywhere, and soon.’ Philip Larkin’s words help us focus on the great existential question: how should we live our lives when we are permanently under the shadow of […]

Death at the Battle of Ideas

Put this on your Christmas list now.* *****   * assuming you’re interested in flying (and who isn’t?). A riveting, page-turning account of commercial airline flying in the 30s, 40s and 50s, full of incident and drama.** ** if you’re scared of flying, however, maybe not. It’s terrifying. Try Skyfaring […]

2016 Thumbnail Review #25 Fate is the Hunter by Ernest ...

Try to contain your excitement. 3rd edition. Signed copies by arrangement.

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