Roald Dahl – A Guide To Collecting his First Editions

In my earliest years of teaching, I found myself in a local bookstore looking for something to read to my class of ten year olds.  I came across a new publication entitled ‘The Twits’ by the English author Roald Dahl.  Like many books for the young, it was possible to read right in the store …

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Sense and Sensibility

The minute my DDD (dearest darling daughter) sees me waxing about Jane Austin’s books, she’s likely to run screaming from her computer, muttering darkly.  When it comes to merit, Ms. Austin is one of the few authors over whom we have never agreed.  However, after spending a few weeks with four contemporary novels, a dip …

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Really Old Classics – Boccaccio’s Decameron

One of the advantages of the current COVID isolation is the abundance of time with which to read.  While I enjoy many genres of contemporary fiction and modern writers, I occasionally dip into some of the classics of yesteryear.  For many readers, the old ‘classics’ are difficult to wade through if only because of the …

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