Cock Of The Roost

John Wain writes a good story. His ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’, which I finished reading last night, uses the device of a novel within a novel, fusing two stories together by an ingenious means which I will not reveal, but which soon becomes clear. The narrative moves along nicely. Published by MacMillan in 1978, the workContinue reading “Cock Of The Roost”

No Madame Eglentyne

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE. THIS MAY BE REPEATED This morning Jackie and I took a short drive into the forest. We stopped for a while at East Boldre, where a pair of hungry donkeys lunched on cropped grass as they waited for a bus. Even close to midday, neighbouring ponies cast elongated shadows.Continue reading “No Madame Eglentyne”

Tending Livestock And Crops

Writing three-quarters of a millennium ago, Geoffrey Chaucer, our earliest great poet, in his classic ‘Canterbury Tales’ displayed a talent for capturing characterisation with simple descriptions of clothing and habits.  Whether or not she was inspired by this writer, the modern P.D. James has this facility in abundance, as demonstrated by ‘A Certain Justice’ whichContinue reading “Tending Livestock And Crops”