Atticus Finch Dethroned

There are complicated books, and there are simple ones. Both can be great, but the simple ones are often remembered more fondly. Although it is important that thoughtful people write, and read, about human nature in all its ambivalence and complexity, offering us nuanced and realistic portraits of character in the great Russian realist mode,… More Atticus Finch Dethroned

The Price of Knowing What Happens Next – or the dilemmas of a school librarian

I will shortly be coming up to my 15th year as a primary school librarian. It’s a job I very much created and developed ex nihilo, and I think it would be interesting to reflect on how it has changed in that period of time. When we began, with £400 worth of books from the… More The Price of Knowing What Happens Next – or the dilemmas of a school librarian

All that Glisters Is Not Gold – The Merchant of Venice at the Globe

Back from London, where on Sunday I went straight from an intense political discussion with my son in the BFI canteen to a production of “Merchant of Venice” at the Globe. I have blogged about the Merchant before, after seeing the striking but ideologically muddled RSC production of 2011. And indeed, one problem with directing… More All that Glisters Is Not Gold – The Merchant of Venice at the Globe

When Enough is Enough – the sad story of Olive Cooke

Olive Cooke, aged 92, was one of Britain’s longest-serving poppy sellers. This week her body was recovered from the Avon Gorge – apparently she had committed suicide. There could be several reasons behind this, but close relatives suspect that the intense pressure she felt from several charities to donate to their causes was one of… More When Enough is Enough – the sad story of Olive Cooke