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A to Z Challenge: N is for “Noel Coward: A Talent to Amuse”

N is for “Noel Coward: A Talent to Amuse” by Sheridan Morley. Noel Coward was born in 1899 and from an early age  was acting to help support his family. He eventually became a playwright, actor, singer,novelist and songwriter. He starred in movies and in many of his own plays.  I associate him, always, with the song he wrote, “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”. This biography … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: N is for “Noel Coward: A Talent to Amuse”

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: F is for Fanny Burney

F is for “Fanny Burney” by Claire Harman. This is a wonderful biography by a talented writer. Claire Harman has written biographies of Charlotte Bronte, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sylvia Townsend Warner whose book Lolly Willowes I recently read. Fanny Burney lived and wrote in the 1700’s, a time when women often had to write under a pseudonym to remain respectable.  Her father was a … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge: F is for Fanny Burney

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E is for “Eminent Victorians”

Eminent Victorians was written by Lytton Strachey in 1918, and it is one of his better known books.  It contains biographies of four of Victorian England’s leading figures. Cardinal Henry Manning was an important religious figure in Victoria’s England. He began his career as an Anglican clergyman but became associated with the Tractarians and converted to Catholicism.  He eventually became a Roman Catholic Archbishop of … Continue reading E is for “Eminent Victorians”

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D is for “Death on the Nile”

Agatha Christie has long been a favourite of mine.  I love novels about sleepy little English villages with Miss Marple and tales set in more Cosmopolitan settings with Hercule Poirot, or vice versa.  The characters seem like old friends; we have met people with their virtues and foibles.  We can settle back with a cup of tea, an afghan, and an old paperback,  and read … Continue reading D is for “Death on the Nile”