Victor Olliver

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A Natural History of Ghosts: 500 Years of Hunting &hellip by Roger Clarke
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
From Madame Arcati blog:

Divine, darling. Or, as Craig Revel Horwood might say if not too busy eyeing up male dancer buttock curvature, 'fab-u-larse!' Published last year, the paperback released a few weeks ago, this is by far the most fascinating survey of paranormal sightings and encounters I have ever read.

Ingenuity starts at concept stage. Clarke sets out not to debate whether ghosts exist. He is much more interested in the anthropology of spectral experiences and research - or put another way, in relating true-life ghost tales, the 'scientific' attempts to understand them and in classifying the different types of spook: elementals, poltergeists, etc… Read more
Sleeping with Dogs: A Peripheral Autobiography by Brian Sewell
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
From Madame Arcati blog:

I just know I would hate art critic Brian Sewell in person. That face, fixed in a state of appalled shock. That voice, strangled to last-breath whine by an odd form of hostile genteelness - the sharp chip in the Whittard of Chelsea teacup rim.

In death his visage will slowly, ineluctably draw into one final pull of grotesque disapproval, perhaps impossible in life, now achievable by the new physics of rot. Not even Tracey Emin's art could trigger such a look.

Yet even a glorious c*** has his good side. Should you have a tail, a long tongue and a readiness to s*** in public - Brian's all yours. Preferably, you will not bore him with… Read more
The Mitford Girls' Guide to Life by Lyndsy Spence
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I reviewed this delightful book back in August (On Madame Arcati blog) and am not in the least surprised at its success. It's quirky, quintessentially English (which is odd because Lyndsy is Irish - I think), a guide and etiquette book of sorts but also a wallow in 20th Century interwar eccentricity. Daffy is another word that comes to mind.

Lyndsy has gutted the lives of the Mitford girls and turned them into parables, bullet point social codes and how-to guidance to live this life successfully. From Unity's fixation on and pursuit of Hitler we learn: 'Don't rush head first into an encounter with your idol as this will label you as another fan. Edge your way in slowly and… Read more

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