Neil Rathmell

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Peter – a short story in six daily instalments: part 1

His name was Peter. Where he came from, it was pronounced differently. Every country has its own version of that name. Wherever he was, he answered to the name that … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Reader’s Diary, 25 February 2015

Reading G.K.Chesterton is like looking through a stained glass window. You can’t, you can only look at it. The book in question being The Innocence of Father Brown, one sentence … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Guantanamo Diary

One thinks of other books about torture and imprisonment, first-hand accounts such as If This Is A Man by Primo Levi, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dostoevsky’s House of the … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Reader’s Diary, 11 February 2015

I have just read in quick succession two books by Chester Himes, an author whose name was vaguely familiar to me but whose novels I had never read. One was … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bicycle Thief – the story in full

“I’m bored,” Timothy says. “What can I do?” Mrs Bliss, lifting a knotted rope of towels, pillowcases, vests, shirts, socks and underwear out of the washing machine, looks round at … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Bicycle Thief – a short story in six daily instalments: Part 6

“I’m sorry!” says Timothy, backing away. “I didn’t mean…” “You wait!” says Ruby, narrowing her eyes and lowering her voice. “You just wait, Timothy Rabbit!” Timothy quickly swings his leg … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bicycle Thief – a short story in six daily instalments: Part 5

A hundred. She stands up and holds out her hand. “That’s half-a-crown you owe me.” Timothy sighs and takes the coin out of his pocket. “Tell me the answer first.” … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment
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