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Week 37: Iris Murdoch’s Severed Head

By | 2018-09-08T02:14:16+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

A Severed Head book review 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 [...]

Week 36: Sam Spade and The Maltese Falcon

By | 2018-09-08T02:20:55+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Maltese Falcon book review 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 [...]

Week 34: The Postman Always Rings Twice

By | 2018-09-08T02:31:08+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Postman Always Rings Twice book review When I was in my teens I read a lot. This was partly because I had always read a lot, and partly because I had a lot of time on my hands, being neither athletically inclined nor socially in demand. For me, there were two kinds of [...]

Week 32: Lord of the Flies

By | 2018-09-08T02:41:51+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Lord of the Flies book review It kept coming to me while reading Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House - the similarities between the chaos, duplicity and treachery taking place in Washington and William Golding's tale of a group of children marooned on a tropical island. Lord of the Flies [...]

How stress can make you sick – a personal story

By | 2018-09-09T19:50:27+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

How Stress Can Make You Sick When the doctor at the walk-in clinic asked me about my cholesterol, I brushed it off as usual. “I’m fine,” I said. “How do you know?” I told him I’d always been within the normal range for everything – cholesterol, blood pressure, kidney function, blood sugar. I’m a [...]

Week 30: Love in a Cold Climate

By | 2018-09-08T16:07:40+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Love in a Cold Climate Book Review Are you old enough to remember the Wayback machine? I mean, before it became the name for an archive of web pages on the internet? The original Wayback machine was a plot device on The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show; Mr. Peabody, the world's smartest beagle, and [...]