Neil Rathmell – writer

100+ essays on literary topics

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An odd kind of novel

I can’t help thinking that, if any other country had in its recent literary history a writer as distinctive and original as T.F.Powys, they would make more of him. They … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Reader’s Diary, 28 January 2015

I finally got round to reading a book that has been sitting on my shelves waiting to be read for just under forty-nine years. I bought my second-hand, War Economy … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Deserted Village (or ‘The Rage of Gain’)

Oliver Goldsmith is remembered for a novel, a play and a poem. It was in the spirit of the age for writers to be proficient in all three. Conversation, as … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Late poems

I remember when High Windows was published in 1974 the excitement I felt in anticipation of reading Philip Larkin’s first collection of new poems in a decade. I remember also … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Always afternoon

It is clear from the very first lines of Tennyson’s poem, The Lotos-Eaters, that the interest of this brief episode from Homer’s Odyssey lay for him not in Greek myth … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Singing in chains

‘In spite of the danger of becoming the centre of a cult, Mr. Thomas has developed in his own way, exploring with vigour and originality his elemental, almost racial, emotions … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment