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D.H.Lawrence and the urge to write

The urge to write is not unusual. When I was a teacher I saw it in many of the children I taught. But not all. Some had a greater urge … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

A short story by Giovanni Verga

A young Sicilian woman called Nedda declares, at the end of a short story by Giovanni Verga, that it is better to be dead than alive and thanks the Holy … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Reader’s Diary, 21 May 2014

Three old Penguin paperbacks, bought from my local Oxfam bookshop, have given me a lot of reading pleasure in the last few weeks. The first was A High Wind in … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

D.H.Lawrence, the poet

D.H.Lawrence was simply a writer, in the way that a composer is a composer or an artist an artist. He wrote prolifically in every literary form and showed that he … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment


Peasants were a familiar part of the landscape of Russian literature until as a class, with the end of serfdom and the beginning of communism, they ceased to exist. We … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Literary rambles

The low hills of English literature are better for rambling on than the high peaks. They are often a better guide to the culture and history of the times in … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · Leave a comment