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Copsford by Walter J.C. Murray
Copsford by Walter J.C. Murray
Walter Murray decides to take a sabbatical. He will spend a year in isolation, making a living by collecting wild herbs for sale to pharmaceutical companies, and use the peace and quiet to write. He selects a ruined cottage, with neither orad nor decent path to it, infested by rats, for his home. Why? It would seem he has a friend living nearby, but he is exceptionally coy when writing about her.

The farmer who owns the cottage thinks he is off his chump. The author's romantic project is embarked upon without much research, and proves less of an easy living than he anticipates. Much of the wild herb material he collects rots because he has not prepared it properly. So far, a… Read more
The Life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd
The Life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thorough, sensitive and with a sure touch in conveying to the modern reader the colour and mood of the time, this book is just what we would expect of Ackroyd on top form. So one is left bemused by one stupid and pointless editorial decision. Thomas More wrote obsessively all his life, and we thus have a huge resource of original material to call upon, which Ackroyd quotes very frequently, often at length.

Sixteenth century spelling is not as modern spelling. More was used to Latin, in which 'U' and 'V' were once written both as 'V'. The letter 'J' was commonly written as an 'i', and other spelling variations were common. I can understand that Ackroyd wishes to give the flavour… Read more
The Lays of the Pharisee - Being a Volume of Verse&hellip by Edith Watson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The poetry is, lets face it, dire. The illustrations are distinctly tedious. The interest lies in the content - what was thought a suitable subject for biting satire in 1913. Many of the poems are aimed at religious hypocrisy - hardly surprising. The more interesting ones are those highlighting vice in high society and political attitudes. One poem is anti-Home Rule. Another sheds fascinating light on the atrocities in the Belgian Congo which form the inspiration for Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and which were reported on by Roger Casement, earning him public acclaim and a knighthood before his actions in the cause of Irish republicanism brought about a downfall even more shocking than that… Read more