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    Between the Lines

    March 6, 2018

    Went to the Gursky exhibition at the reopened Hayward Gallery last weekend, with a very interesting lecture beforehand. I blush to admit I knew virtually nothing about the German photographer before going along, even though he’s been described as the most important image maker of our time, and his Rhine reached the highest price ever for a photograph (£2.7m, in case you’d like to start saving up). Gursky reminded me of the artist Hammershoi in his shunning of intimacy. While…

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    Resort to Murder

    I have a confession to make. This is supposed to be an unbiased review of Resort to Murder but, with this author, I’m not capable of such a thing. I love TP Fielden’s work.…

    February 20, 2018
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    Meet the Author – Isabella May

    I’m really pleased to be welcoming the very talented writer Isabella May back to my blog today, as part of my Meet the Author series. You may remember Isabella popped in last year to…

    February 10, 2018
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    Meet the Author – Val Penny

    I’m very pleased to introduce my friend, the author Val Penny, to you all today. Val’s first book is coming out on 2nd February so I’m really glad to be giving you a sneak…

    January 30, 2018
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    Moomins at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Although I don’t live in Dulwich any more (haven’t you heard? There’ve been a lot of murders there lately…) I pop back as often as I can, partly to replenish stocks of my book,…

    December 2, 2017
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    Murder on the Orient Excess

    It’s been three days now since I watched the blockbusting new film Murder on the Orient Express but I still haven’t got Kenneth Branagh’s moustache out of my mind. I know it’s a mistake…

    November 15, 2017
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    Have We Got News For You

    I’ve hesitated to write about this, but I was really upset by BBC1’s Have I Got News For You last night. It had been a tiring but good week, and I wanted something funny…

    November 4, 2017
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    The Party

    Went to see an absolutely splendid film last night, The Party. We’d been intending to go to Armando Iannucci’s movie, Death of Stalin, but it was sold out, and The Party was very much…

    October 23, 2017
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    Blade Runner 2049

    I was a bit nervous about seeing Blade Runner 2049, as I’m so keen on the original film. I fell for it in the 1980s, when its combination of a mysteriously Asiatic dystopian Los…

    October 20, 2017
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    Matisse in his Studio

    Had a lovely interlude the other day visiting the Royal Academy – always a favourite place anyway, as it’s directly opposite the duck-egg blue box of treats that is Fortnum & Mason – with…

    October 4, 2017