StuckinaBook’s Weekend Miscellany

Guess what guys – I’m in Canada! As you read this, I’ll be trying to get over jet lag and, presumably, knee-deep in maple syrup. And/or learning more about Canada so I can drop my maple-syrup-based stereotypes. But I’ve not forgotten you, dear reader, and I thought I’d leave you with a book, a blog post, and a link.

But FIRST *noise of record scratch* I wanted to remind you that the 1968 Club is coming! By the time I’m back from Canada, it’ll be good to go. Exciting!

Bruno Littlemore1.) The book – The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale was recommended to me by my friends Mel and Tom – about a chimp who turns into a man and puts on productions of Shakespeare. Sounds so up my street.

2.) The link – look, sometimes you need to see pictures of people dressed quite similarly to the paintings they’re standing near. If that day is today, then enjoy this link.

3.) The blog post – a few people are reading Margaret Kennedy at the moment. I always end up forgetting almost all the details of a Kennedy novel, but she is still fab. I hadn’t heard of either The Oracles or A Long Time Ago but Ali and Jane have written about them this week. Two blog posts – I’m spoiling you!

5 thoughts on “StuckinaBook’s Weekend Miscellany

  • October 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for linking my post Simon. I saw those photos of people matching works of art the other day. Absolutely, brilliant.

  • October 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Welcome to Canada!

    I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but your recent Tea or Books brought to mind the great Brian Moore, a son of Belfast, whom I dare embrace as Canada’s greatest novelist. I was further reminded of his 1968 novel I Am Mary Dunne, which is something of a masterpiece.

    If I may, in the spirit of the 1968 Club, a few other Canadian books from the year:

    Manucrits de Pauline Archange – Marie-Claire Blais
    Fin des songes – Robert Elie
    No Clouds of Glory [Sarah Bastard’s Notebook] – Marian Engel
    The Last of the Crazy People – Timothy Findlay
    The Instant Enemy – Ross Macdonald
    Dance of the Happy Shades – Alice Munro
    Cocksure – Mordecai Richler

    Here’s hoping today is the day of your visit to Leacock’s Orillia home. The weather is glorious.

  • October 23, 2017 at 12:02 am

    I had just posted the photo link onto our photo club’s fb page when your post arrived shortly afterwards. I have an old Puffin book written in 1968. Might be fun to add to the group.

  • October 23, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    LOVE the blog post about people matching the paintings! I’ll have to look more carefully at the people around me next time I’m in a museum. I could spend all day reading that post.


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