Author Archives: wordsandpictures2016

Books on Books 1

A series of fictional encounters with books ‘Vera’ by Elizabeth Von Arnim Lucy is in the library of her new husband Everard Wemyss. She looks across the well stocked shelves but finds the glass doors to the shelves locked… ‘Why,’ … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

‘Elsie Tanner Fights Back’ by H.V. Kershaw is a book I’ve been long been searching for and completes my set of novelisations of the early days of ‘Coronation Street’ – the world’s longest running soap opera (58 years and counting). … Continue reading

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Books of the Year 2017

The Ali Smith Book of the year: ‘Winter’ by Ali Smith Is this the most enjoyable book of the year? No. But, like last year’s ‘Autumn’ it is possibly one of the most pertinent and timely of books and is … Continue reading

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‘The Sparsholt Affair’ Alan Hollinghurst

  Released in 1944 as part of the effort to boost morale, ‘The Happy Breed’ is the epitomy of the heartwarming English film: it tells the story of a typical working class family between the wars, headed by Celia Johnson … Continue reading

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