Category Archives: Books

From the Mists of Time: When Marnie was There by Joan Robinson

I’ve been looking out for a book called When Marnie was There for many many years. I read it as a child and remember being simultaneously frightened and delighted by its strangeness. It featured a lonely little girl and a … Continue reading

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A Sunday Snippet

A beautiful image of death and rebirth from The Tempest by William Shakespeare: Full fathom five thy father lies. Of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth … Continue reading

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School Holidays

Miss Petra is off school for two weeks which means that I get two weeks off driving to and from Lower Hutt twice a day. Our bank account likes the reduced petrol bill, and I very much like the break … Continue reading

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The Upside of Being Home Sick

During this last round of colds, Petra and I discovered the joys of the audio book. Audible offered me a free 1 month subscription which included a free book and 30% off any subsequent purchases. We went a bit crazy … Continue reading

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On Knowing the Words Before You’ve Read Or Heard Them

Some works of art – books, poems, plays, movies – are so well-known, so widely read or viewed, that they enter the cultural lexicon. Most everyone knows a phrase or two, even if they’ve never had any contact with the … Continue reading

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The Final of My T S Eliot Trilogy – The Waste Land

I got a copy of the Collected Poems out of the library and have been rereading Eliot over the past few days. He’s a fabulous poet. Not the cheeriest bloke ever of course, but I love his depiction of the … Continue reading

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Some More T S Eliot

This time, here are the opening lines of Journey of the Magi, which has the honour of being the first poem I read that really touched me and stayed with me. I read other poems in my high school English … Continue reading

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