Category Archives: Humour

Do Not Pass Go: John Mortimer’s Quite Honestly

Mortimer, John. Quite Honestly. Penguin, 2006. This is another short book that you might be tempted to dismiss as somewhat lightweight. It is lighthearted, another thing entirely. If you like John Mortimer’s fiction, you will enjoy Quite Honestly. Bishop’s daughter Lucinda … Continue reading

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Jay’s Elegy in the Academic Graveyard. Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members

Schumacher, Julie. Dear Committee Members. New York: Doubleday, 2014. Don’t read Dear Committee Members if your expectation of the epistolary novel is Clarissa. As its dust cover proclaims, this is “a novel that puts the ‘pissed’ back into epistolary.” How … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Postponed: Ineffable Inefficiencies in Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens

Pratchett, Terry and Neil Gaiman. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. 1990. New York: Harper Torch, 2006. Suppose the Apocalypse were scheduled and no-one came. This isn’t quite what happens in Good Omens. Rather, the Apocalypse … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line: A Scots Trio

The title of this post isn’t strictly accurate since only one of the books I consider here is devoted to things Scottish. However, I read all three while in Scotland, and all three of the books include  line drawing illustrations. … Continue reading

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