January 9th, 2007


December books, late

I haven't been reading much, for me.
A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey. Thought I hadn’t read this before, then found I had! Probably have another copy somewhere.
In the Presence of the Enemy by Elizabeth George. This is horrid. I nearly gave up after the first page where the poor kidnapped child is lying thinking she’s dead. No more for fear of spoilers. As usual I find the big problem with this series is the character of Deborah St John. She irritates the hell out of me in every book. Nor do I care for Helen. Far and away my favourite character is Barbara Havers.
Molesworth Omnibus. Hee hee.
Trudy Takes Charge by Mary Alice Faid. I have a great weakness for evangelical books. I like the Trudy ones best and have the whole set. Felt like reading this for the Christmas scene.
Christmas at Nettleford by Malcolm Saville. I read this every Christmas. It is so exactly how Christmas used to be.
Pink Sugar by O Douglas. Should be read between Penny Plain and Priorsford as it shows us the married Elliotts and introduces Merren Strang
What a Carve Up! By Jonathan Coe. Brilliant but horrible. You don't want to be in the same room as the person reading this book, who will be constantly shrieking, Ugh! Could hardly put it down, though.
Starring Tracey Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. Poor Tracey.
Chiltern Adventure by Mabel Esther Allan. Latest offering from Fidra Books. Nice illustrations by T R Freeman who did The Lark in the Morn etc. and A Stephen Tring’s Penny books
How to Run Your Home Without Help by Kay Smallshaw. See previous post.
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Radio Fun

Much of what is on in the 6.30 p.m. comedy slot is so unfunny I have to switch off, but I've been enjoying Craig Brown's 1966 and All That. This week we reached the 1980s with Mrs Thatcherism and Michael Vaseline. Not as funny as the original, need I say, but a master stroke has been to have it read, by Joss Ackland and Eleanor Bron, very much in the style of This Sceptred Isle, so that it sounds completely serious.

Another radio listeners' poll, this time to vote for one's favourite comedy which has moved from radio to television. They are calling this Radio ha ha. Of the six programmes nominated, two I didn't like at all. The one that made me laugh most was Dead Ringers, which I have not bothered with on television. I am strongly tempted to vote here for People Like Us. Partly because I really enjoyed it and partly out of annoyance at the Beeb's cowardice. You will notice that they fail to mention that the whole thing was performed, brilliantly, by Chris Langham. Good grief, the man's not been found guilty yet.