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Sunday moods

John Updike’s short story, “Sunday Teasing” is delicately bitter. The story describes just a few hours in the married life of Arthur and Macy. There is tenderness between them, yet we can’t help but feel that the marriage is doomed.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Missing Composer

In the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, Dr John Watson spends some time trying to crack the enigma that is his new friend, Mr Holmes. He decides to adopt the deductive approach that his subject has already

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It was Cole, who contrived to make the whole thing merge

In his 1949 novel, The Mating Season, P G Wodehouse introduces us to Cora “Corky” Pirbright, the sister of Bertie Wooster’s boyhood friend, “Catsmeat” Potter-Pirbright. Cora is beautiful and charming, and making her way as a Hollywood actress, under the

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… and a resolution

In a recent post, I wrote about a favourite novel, The Sixth Heaven, by L P Hartley, and, in particular, to a reference therein to a recording of Bach’s magnificent Concerto for two violins. In the book, set shortly after

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A reconciliation without a quarrel

The Sixth Heaven is the second novel in L P Hartley’s Eustace and Hilda trilogy. The three books follow the lives of diffident, dreamy and self-absorbed Eustace Cherrington, and his older sister, the beautiful, resourceful but self-righteous Hilda. Their relationship

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Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Machaut Kyrie

“But out came the music as the kingfisher flashes from its nest of stinking fishbones.” During the 1920s, Sylvia Townsend Warner, known as an expert in early forms of music notation (and as an amateur composer and musician),  joined a

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