Monthly Archives: February 2018


Week 37: Iris Murdoch’s Severed Head

Martin Lynch-Gibbon is a lucky man. He has it all - a comfortable, tastefully decorated home; a gracious, loving wife whose beauty is only just beginning to fade, and a mistress practically young enough to be his daughter. There is no question of him leaving his wife, and his mistress appears to accept that. He [...]

By | 2018-02-27T20:36:25+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 36: Sam Spade and The Maltese Falcon

In 1934, four years after The Maltese Falcon was published, Dashiell Hammett wrote this of his anti-heroic, hard-boiled detective, Sam Spade: "He is a dream man in the sense that he is what most of the private detectives I worked with would liked to have been and quite a few of them in their cockier [...]

By | 2018-02-20T14:46:32+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 35: The 39 Steps

“I returned from the City about three o’clock on that May afternoon pretty well disgusted with life." This, I think, is a perfect first line. Why is he - if it is a he - disgusted with life? What's happened up to now? And what is about to happen on that May afternoon that will [...]

By | 2018-02-25T02:13:12+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments