As a young American infantry officer in London awaiting his D-Day orders, Gardner Botsford met ‘an English couple – a civilian accountant, middle-aged and very pleasant, and his middle-aged very pleasant wife – who invited [him] to drop in at their flat in Chelsea that evening after dinner.’ To Botsford’s surprise, the ‘little party’ featured not well-cooked rationed food, but a striking woman. She wore nothing but tiger-skin patches on her stomach and back. And she was striking the many guests with a six-foot leather whip:
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Great pub day present: review of CRUCIBLE OF HELL in the @Lit_Review by Prof Malcom Murfett of KCL. 'Graphic and compelling.. Written with style and verve... David brings the ghastly mayhem of war to life in a vivid way.'
I had a couple of reservations about A Thousand Moons, but it's a captivating novel in many ways, and a worthy successor to Days Without End. Here's my review in this month's @Lit_Review https://literaryreview.co.uk/winona-rides-out
'I’m quite sure that Carroll is the only writer who has ever come near to retrieving a child’s vision of the world and that Alice is the expression of it.'
For #InternationalChildrensBookDay, Penelope Lively on the golden age of children's books.