Author Archives: wordsandpictures2016

Pant-wetting excitements

It is cold and dark and wet and Britain seems hell bent on self destruction so I’m going to try to cheer myself up my thinking about some of the literary treats we have in the months ahead. Lanny by … Continue reading

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New Year Book Haul

  First up on this fine new year is ‘The Ambassador Magazine’, published by the Victoria and Albert museum to celebrate a magazine which was used to sell British fashion and textiles abroad. I’d never heard of such a thing … Continue reading

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Julia Grant

On 3 January it was announced that Julia Grant has died after  a short illness. Julia had been the subject of a ground breaking 1979 documentary series ‘A Change of Sex’ in which she pursued her need for gender reassignment … Continue reading

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Beautiful Books 9

‘Coronation Street‘ has always been one of my obsessions. It was created by Tony Warren and first broadcast in 1960. Like anything of a certain age, Coronation Street has waxed and waned over the years, with some periods better than … Continue reading

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Books of the Year 2018

‘Strange, sinister, funny and profound, ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata is a compendium of the rules of society and how these might be navigated by someone who, rather than rebelling against those norms, simply doesn’t understand them – a … Continue reading

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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?

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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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