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 what little I knew about the plot, I was … [Read more...] about The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
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 read the splendidly creepy late-night encounter with the eponymous woman, in chapter four, and not … [Read more...] about The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins
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, My Lord. Ha ha ha, My Lord. Oh, you're serious? Well (clears … [Read more...] about Pigeons. Yea or Nay?
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 already a step too far. With the … [Read more...] about Just A Thought
Dodie Smith, a successful playwright whose works filled West End theatres, is probably most famous for her children’s book The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Her first novel, I Capture the Castle, published in 1948, has arguably the best opening line in fiction: “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink”. The narrator is 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, who lives with her older … [Read more...] about I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith