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‘Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia.’ It is quite true that financially challenged Defoe, frequently on the run from his creditors, was aiming for...
Love at sunset
An elderly couple parked their cars behind the sea-lettuce hedges and strolled along the sun-beaten esplanade arm in arm. A pink Bahamian sunset spread across the summer sky as the sea deepened to a shimmering indigo blue. The pair sat on a bench under...
Although this wonderful, mock-heroic version of Homer’s Odyssey is typically thought to be about two men, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, wandering the streets of Dublin on 16 June 1904, it is at our peril that we forget the magnificent Molly Bloom....
Lively, generous, warm-hearted, impetuous and emotionally complex, Maggie is one of the great heroines of women’s fiction. Her entire life is about the struggle to be treated fairly by society and to be allowed the same kind of spiritual and...
Best quotes from The Great Gatsby
"I HOPE she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool... You see, I think everything's terrible anyhow... And I know. I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything." "I MARRIED him because I...
Women & other misfits
THERE was an old woman who lived in a car. She had so many pigeons it was most bizarre.’ That’s what we used to sing to Joyce on the days we walked past her car feeling brave. We’d dare each other to do it, needling our skinny ribs, kicking socked...
The wisdom of Jane Austen
“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” - Pride and Prejudice “I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” - Jane Austen's...
The Pine Tree
Snow fell, deeply, crisply and evenly. Slowly the row of pine trees turned from green to white and their needles sparkled. A crimson-breasted robin puffed out his chest. It was the perfect white Christmas. Santa Claus looked out from between the trees....
The Rector’s Daughter
Chapter 1 The Rev Robert Davenant sat in his study, idly looking through the window on to the beautiful lawn which stretched before him, with the tall tulip tree in the centre, and a long border of many varieties of strange flowers running by the side,...
In my teens I had a passion for collecting picture- postcards of famous actresses. Photographs of Evie Greene, Ruth Vincent, Marie studholme, the dares and many more adorned my bedroom, and I loved them all. But my favourite was Elsie Bean. She is...
The Dictator
"Don't let her dictate to you this time. Please yourself for once," said George when he left me at Miss Willderdale's house. He has an absurd idea that my dressmaker makes me wear clothes of her choice rather than mine. To prove how wrong he was, I had...
Passed by Censor
Poor Mrs. Grigg was worried, worried and angry at the same time. She knew now that she had never been intended to read the letter; but the postman had brought it and, since Mrs. Grigg considered communications thus delivered to be common property, she...
1 With its giltedged paper and pencil, this lambskin-bound Smythson diary is almost too pretty to use. Panama diary, £76, 2 The Debrett’s diary includes unmissable events and suggestions for places to stay and visit. The Lady’s Diary,...
Trench soldiers' slang is really jam
'Roger, Sausage & Whippet' by Christopher Moore is a new, comprehensive lexicon of the phrases, slang and lingo invented and developed by British soldiers fighting on the Western Front during the First World War. Whether born from the desperation of...
High days, holidays and social history
CELEBRATE by Pippa Middleton (Michael Joseph, £25) Poor Pippa Middleton. What a year this has been. Romantic travails, a bashing from Mr Handsome, aka Karl Lagerfeld, who complained that her face was less pretty than her bottom (hard to think of any...
The saga of Ragnar Erikson
‘I have always wanted to write as well as Robert Louis Stevenson, to have his range and his storytelling genius – some things are beyond reach, but worth keeping in mind. Here was a writer of great adventure stories for children, dark novels for...
Voewood Festival runs me
Heralded by The Observer as as one of “Our top 50 players in the world of books”, Clare started her career as an editor at Random House, before co-founding Conville & Walsh in 2000. A specialist in literary and commercial fiction, Clare's clients have...
Are you reading Fifty Shades of Grey?
50 Shades Of Grey has outstripped both JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code by selling 550,000 copies quicker than any other paperback. Written by EL James – a mother of two from west London – it has topped book sales charts for...
Book Reviews: 25 May
OUT NOW THE CHEMISTRY OF TEARS by Peter Carey (Faber and Faber, £17.99) When Matthew, Catherine Gehrig's lover of 13 years, unexpectedly dies, her world collapses. But her grief is all the more challenging as she must remain silent. Not only was...
Why we’re all quackers about ducks
Hunted by our ancestors for food,then living semi-feral on ponds,ducks have gone from being wild creatures to colourful pets and prized show-stoppers. Looking at some of the glamorous specimens here, it is difficult to believe that all domestic ducks,...

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