Monthly Archives: July 2015

Harper Lee

There’s lots of hoo-ha this month with the release of Harper Lee’s second book, Go Set A Watchman, the original manuscript she turned in to a publisher decades ago that was rewritten and released in 1960 as the iconic To … Continue reading

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A hard-boiled gumshoe, what it’s like to go to war, and hockey, hockey, hockey; but first, walk like the animals, talk like the animals…!

What light. So breaks. Such east. Very sun. Wow, Juliet. What Romeo. Such why. Very rose. Still rose… – Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, as rewritten in Doge What is it about talking animals that so strikes the human fancy? Doge-speak is … Continue reading

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Strange and Norrell

Susanna Clarke’s (very, very long) tour de force, Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norell, is set in a world where magic is being rediscovered. The book’s been filmed, and was televised on Sunday evening (on The Movie Network). But you can find … Continue reading

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It looks like crows kidnapped the baby. What’s a big sister to do, but go off in search of him?

Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo Put ’em together and what have you got bibbidi-bobbidi-boo Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo It’ll do magic believe it or not bibbidi-bobbidi-boo Salagadoolaree means mechicka boolaroo But the thingmabob that does the job is bibbidi-bobbidi-boo – The Magic … Continue reading

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School’s out, but have no fear: Judy Keenan and friends are prepared for your bored kids!

“I see where she is,” exclaimed Barbel, “look over there!” and she pointed to a spot far away from the footpath. “She is climbing up the slope yonder with the goat-herd and his goats. I wonder why he is so … Continue reading

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