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Week 7: A Fine Balance – an unforgettable journey into the heart of Everyman

Forty-eight hours after finishing Rohinton Mistry's sweeping narrative set in India between 1975 and 1984, I remain gripped by the story, unable and unwilling to relinquish this astonishing, transformational odyssey. The characters are unforgettable: the beggar known as Worm who, lacking legs and hands, scuttles along the pavement on a wheeled platform; Beggarmaster, who protects and [...]

By | 2017-07-25T12:49:04+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Week 4: Re-reading “Alias Grace”

I first read Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace shortly after it was published. I've always considered it one of my three Atwood favourites, together with The Handmaid's Tale and the classic Surfacing (both of which, by the way, are on my 1001 Books bucket list and will be read and reviewed here). Reading it again twenty years [...]

By | 2017-07-06T17:34:41+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Kicking the bucket (list)

It was Justin Zackham who gave us the phrase. He wrote a movie called The Bucket List about two terminally ill men who come up with a list of things they want to do before they die – before they, in other words, kick the bucket. Now you can’t go anywhere without someone asking about [...]

By | 2017-06-06T17:30:23+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Story Behind the Story

Three years ago Gregory Rodriguez wrote an article on "How Genealogy Became Almost as Popular as Porn". In it he traced the current obsession - or fascination, if obsession is a little too creepy - with tracing our family history to Alex Haley's best-selling book Roots. As Rodriguez pointed out, some of us were always [...]

By | 2017-06-01T17:43:40+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

British Home Children of the 19th Century

Between 1869 and the late 1940s as many as 150,000 children - some as young as young as four - were sent to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the former Rhodesia as indentured servants. These were the "surplus" children of Britain, begging in the streets, sleeping in the gutters. They were generally believed [...]

By | 2017-05-23T22:14:22+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments