When the lights went down on the version of The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt, I had neither read the 1983 book nor seen the 2012 film adaptation. Therefore, based on the comments on the posters, I anticipated an evening of unrelenting psychological drama. Frankly, given […]
When I picked up the book The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins (1824 – 89), published in 1860, I admit that I was expecting a ghost story along the lines of The Woman in Black. However, the former is most certainly set in the world of flesh and blood. In my opinion, you cannot […]
If there’s a subject which engenders strong, definite opinions for or against, it’s pigeons in London. In this court case, for which I thank the Old Bailey for making their services available, we’ll take a forensic look at the evidence, starting with the case for the prosecution. “What is a pigeon?” I here you ask, […]
It’s one of those horrible thoughts which seem to come straight from the manual, “How to turn dystopian sci-fi visions of the future into daily reality (UK government edition)”. It was along the lines of, “What if the police, like health care, were to introduce co-payments?” Although you could reasonably argue that delegated services are […]
Read T P Keating’s review of Dodie Smith’s excellent post-war novel.