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Reading widely since 1972.

Currently reading

A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
The Lady In The Van - Alan Bennett I probably liked this even more than I would have if I hadn't seen a terrific production of it with Dame Maggie Smith. Alan Bennett is charming and I enjoy his writing, but it was even better to picture Smith (who, as Alan Rickman once said, can raise an eyebrow like nobody else) as the Miss Shepherd, enunciating "possibly" with so much relish. In 1971, an old woman parked her van in front of Alan Bennett's house in Camden Town. And there she stayed until her death in 1994. Cantankerous, regal, and eccentric, Miss Shepherd becomes a fixture in Mr Bennett's life. I would have liked to meet Miss Shepherd.