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Unpersuaded: a disappointing classic

Last year, on a whim, I decided to revisit Persuasion… and was genuinely taken by surprise: it seemed to me not simply disappointing but actively bad

June 18, 2018

He’s not a naughty boy, he's the Messiah!

I am currently re-reading Middlemarch. It’s a good twenty years since I last ploughed through it and I’d forgotten one important fact: at the start of the book, when Dorothea Brooke makes the appallingly stupid mistake of marrying Edward Casaubon, thirty years her senior, she is only nineteen.

March 19, 2018

My top three books of 2017 were all by Shirley Jackson

First, the confession: I don’t read a lot of books. The day job is demanding, and I’ve got my own stories to worry about. Also, most of the books I … Continue reading

January 17, 2018

How to write scary, by Donald Hounam

Reading Shirley Jackson, I find myself murmuring, in the trembling voice of a child, “I don’t like this… it’s scary.”

November 21, 2017

Taboos

Shortly before I left school, aged eighteen, the headmaster gave a talk about the perils of the Big Wide World that we were about to enter. He had two important … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Avast there, ye swabs

As has often been stated, the whole point about the bad guy is that he thinks he’s the good guy.

March 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

By any means necessary, by Donald Hounam

I don’t really regard notebooks as documents of record; they’re simply a surface upon which the thinking process can be conducted…

October 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Four syllables that say it all. From the Queen of Pop.

September 21, 2016

But what about the map? by Donald Hounam

I don’t really see holidays as a chance to do any cutting-edge reading — there’s too much danger of dragging something on and off aeroplanes and discovering, halfway down page two, that it’s really only good for throwing at the local cats.

July 20, 2016

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