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Edward Thomas remembered
Posted on: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Category: Writers

Lucy Milner is dawdling with intent - dropping behind the pack of walkers to study the Hampshire hedgerows. 'I'm foraging for bits,' she says. 'Moss, chalk, flint, feathers. We're doing a family wreath - taking a bit of his beloved Steep to him.'

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Geneva - birthplace of a 'filthy daemon'
Posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016 Category: Writers

When Lord Byron described the horror novel, Frankenstein, as 'a wonderful work for a girl' he wasn't being patronising, just stating a fact. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was 18 years old when she came to Lake Geneva and gave life to her 'filthy daemon'. Two hundred years later, on the first warm day of the year in landlocked Europe, Geneva's 18-year-olds were swimming off pontoons, canoodling on the rocks and rollerblading past the lavish mansions of the quai Gustave Ador.

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Orwell's homage to Barcelona
Posted on: Sunday, April 21, 2013 Category: Writers

George Orwell? 'Of course I've heard of him,' said Jose Luis Izuel, and reeled off the titles of some of Orwell's early, lesser known works: 'Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Coming Up for Air, the one about Burma...'

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