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03 May 2008


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Wasn't it moving? I listened to it while baking. Unfortunately I caught only the last third of the preceding Minghella play, which sounded fascinating - hope to catch up with it on 'listen again' this evening.

Thanks for the reminder. When 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' first came out we watched it several times and even made a visiting friend - a nuclear physicist - sit through it.

Shortly afterwards Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson came to the Brighton Dome to give poetry readings and were greeted with much enthusiasm - those were the days!

Oh, I used to work on WGP and what a treat AM was. So very sorry he has died.
Am about to read Gilead for bookgroup but hated Unless and loved A Fine Balance so not sure what your taste tells me about it...

Hello Milla - and welcome!

Hope you enjoy Gilead - it's not to everyone's taste but I loved it. And A Fine Balance was brilliant. However, despite the heading, I'm not sure I loved Unless; it was OK but not one of her best (but, for some reason, I would have felt a bit mean if I hadn't added it to my list. Having said that, I don't add everything I read so a sort of selection process is going on.)

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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