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Detective fiction, Genre, James, PD, Writers

Book review: Talking about Detective Fiction by P.D. James

Book review – Talking about Detective Fiction – P.D. James - originally published in hardback by the Bodleian Library, Oxford in 2009. Six months ago I might have casually told you that the only detective fiction that I was familiar with was Sherlock Holmes. When I thought about the genre I tended to think of… Continue reading Book review: Talking about Detective Fiction by P.D. James

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Crime & punishment, History, Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr, Writers

Book review: The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1974)

Book review – The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [pub. 1974] The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is an account of the Soviet Union's forced labour camp system. Apart from the prominence of ice and snow you probably think that it wouldn't make ideal Christmas reading. But let me give you three reasons why you… Continue reading Book review: The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1974)

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Book reviews, Christie, Agatha, Detective fiction, Writers

Book review: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Book review – Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie [pub. 1934] [Dont worry, I won't be giving away the book's ending in this review] This is a rambling review of the first and only Agatha Christie that I have read, Murder on the Orient Express (1934). And like a train this review may be… Continue reading Book review: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Book reviews, Conan Doyle, Arthur, When the World Screamed, Writers

Book review: When the World Screamed by Arthur Conan Doyle (1928)

Book review – When the World Screamed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Professor Challenger #4). 1928. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is famous for his Sherlock Holmes stories, but did you know that he created a series of stories for another eccentric genius, Professor George Edward Challenger? There are five Challenger stories in total, this is… Continue reading Book review: When the World Screamed by Arthur Conan Doyle (1928)

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Achebe, Chinua_2, Book reviews, Writers

Book review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Book review - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958) I have just read a fascinating book, Things Fall Apart* by Chinua Achebe. It was published in 1958, but is set in the 1890s. The book was given to me by a friend: "I think you might enjoy this". As usual on these occasions my… Continue reading Book review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Art, Books & art, Curiosities, Paintings

A postscript to “Selling public art” – another sell-off

This is a short postscript to the last post, it's not going to be a regular theme. I prefer to focus on the positive, if possible. Another public museum is selling off art to pay the bills. Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts (USA) is selling off 40 of it's most notable paintings, sculptures and drawings -… Continue reading A postscript to “Selling public art” – another sell-off

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Art, Curiosities

Going, going … GONE! When is it acceptable to sell public art?

Going, going ... GONE! When is it acceptable to sell public art? It's happening more frequently than you might think. There was a time when I had assumed that once a work of art had been gifted or bought by a public art gallery, there it would stay (apart from loans and special exhibitions). Later… Continue reading Going, going … GONE! When is it acceptable to sell public art?