Here’s my dilemma: In normal circumstances, when novels are adapted to the small or big screen, readers are left with the question: should I see the film? Or: should I watch the show?  Because these almost never live up to the books (well done imagination!)   So I’m confounded by the rise of the fantastic Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries television series, produced in Australia, which is so much fun and so visually luscious that I’m no longer sure that I should read the books! – Which I had never heard of! – Whose author I didn’t know either (even though … Continue reading THE FABULOUS FLIRTATIOUS PHRYNE FISHER

FAREWELL TO ARMS : poems for Remembrance Day

In 2002, in a long piece for The Guardian, the distinguished historian Eric Hobsbawm wrote that: «The 20th century was the most murderous in recorded history. The total number of deaths caused by or associated with its wars has been estimated at 187m, the equivalent of more than 10% of the world’s population in 1913. Taken as having begun in 1914, it was a century of almost unbroken war, with few and brief periods without organised armed conflict somewhere. It was dominated by world wars: that is to say, by wars between territorial states or alliances of states», instantly making 187 … Continue reading FAREWELL TO ARMS : poems for Remembrance Day