Author Archives: wordsandpictures2016


When outside is dark and cold and the world seems a little closer to madness, what better to cheer the spirits than a glorious picture of the incomparable Dusty Springfield? Advertisements

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Beautiful Books 8

A more appropriate cover a book couldn’t hope for. Andres Barba’s ‘Such Small Hands’ is a gorgeously slender volume dedicated to the story of Marina, a strange young girl in an orphanage who, one day, introduces her young friends to … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Firstly, a wonderful new collection of essays by the incomparable Camille Paglia. Since her arrival on the international stage in the early 1990s, Paglia has produced many, many thought provoking pieces, which educate, titillate, shock and entertain in equal measure. … Continue reading

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All Among The Barley – Melissa Harrison

‘Deutsche Erde’ (‘German Soil’) by Werner Peiner (1933) ‘But at last I came to see that there is a danger in such thinking; for you can never go back, and to make an idol of the past only disfigures the … Continue reading

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Ghost Wall – Sarah Moss

‘Who are the ghosts again, us or our dead? Maybe they imagined us first, maybe we were conjured out of the deep past by other minds.’ With Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss has produced a tiny masterpiece, a novel which – … Continue reading

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Scary stories for Hallowe’en

There are many scary stories out there, from Stephen King and Shirley Jackson to the wonderful Pan Books of Horror Stories. Hopefully, the following selection includes some lesser known and unexpected choices… Firstly, in her centenary year, some Muriel Spark. … Continue reading

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