Category Archives: Works Revisited

The Personal View: Christabel Bielenberg’s The Past is Myself and The Road Ahead

I found this draft post unposted earlier today. I wrote it just before I left home and didn’t put it on line.  Bielenberg, Christabel. The Past is Myself. Chatto, 1968. Corgi, 1984 and The Road Ahead. Bantam 1992. Corgi, 1993. … Continue reading

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Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. 1911. Heinemann, 1957. Christmas 1960, I think, it might have been 1959 I was given The Secret Garden as a present. The gift was not a surprise. I remember our shopping for it in … Continue reading

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Revisiting Memories: Christopher Milne’s The Enchanted Places

Milne, Christopher. The Enchanted Places. 1974. Harmondsworth,Middx.: Penguin, 1976. Over the years, I have read and reread this book many times. My copy is an old Penguin that I think I must have bought when Milne’s book came out in paperback … Continue reading

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That (Un)Certain Licence: Nostalgia and Anxiety in Ian Fleming’s James Bond

Fleming, Ian. James Bond: The Complete Collection. n.pub. n.d. Not long ago, being stuck ill in bed, I downloaded James Bond: The Complete Collection into my ereader for the low price of $9.99. I was temporarily bedridden, without access to … Continue reading

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Lives Revisited: Rambles in Biography. Peter Ustinov and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Ustinov, Peter, Dear Me.  Harmondsworth, Mddx.: Penguin, 1977. Reynolds, Barbara. Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul. 1993. London: Hodder and  Stoughton-Scepter, 1994. How different is the situation of the biographer in comparison with that of the writer of fiction. … Continue reading

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Spells and Memory: Re-entering Enchanted Woods with de la Mare’s Told Again

de la Mare, Walter. Told Again: Old Tales Told Again.[1927, 1955] Introd. Philip Pullman. Illus. A. H. Watson. Oddly Modern Fairy Tales. Ed. Jack Zipes. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2015. I remember well my first collection of fairy stories. I remember … Continue reading

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“Recovery”: The Joys and Pains of Convalescence. What to Read?

Bradley, Alan, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust. Toronto: Doubleday, 2015. Renzetti, Elizabeth. Based on a True Story. Toronto: Anansi, 2014. Rowling, J. K. All the Harry Potter books. London: Bloomsbury. Vancouver: Raincoast. Various dates. I have recently endured some not very … Continue reading

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