Author Archives: wordsandpictures2016



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This month’s book haul

This month was supposed to have been free from the buying of more books, but as I get older I find my ability to avoid temptation becomes less and less, so here goes… Firstly, ‘Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud and … Continue reading

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My latest obsession if Tracey Thorn’s new album, ‘Record’, which contains amongst all the other gems, a song called ‘Smoke’ in which Tracey talk about her attachment to and feelings about London: ‘London you’re in my blood And you’ve been … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading…

Next week I shall be off to my beloved Mallorca for a week of sun, sea, exploration and books – hurrah! But what to read? First up is a book I was drawn by its cover: ‘The Evenings’ by Gerard … Continue reading

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Hurrah for Fanny!

For those who don’t know her, Fanny Cradock was one of the first ‘celebrity’ cooks in Britain. Her cheese-grater tones, brusque (to say the least) manner and defiantly glamorous appearance (well, she looked like a drag queen) made her a … Continue reading

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The very first Puffin…

One of my very favourite things is my collection of ‘Puffin’ books. ‘Puffin’ was created as a range of books for children to run alongside its’ adult counterpart, ‘Penguin’, the aim of being to offer cheap paperbacks of quality literature. … Continue reading

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