First, Kurt Vonnegut's If This Isn't Nice, What Is? It is a slim collection of his speeches at school and university graduations. At the heart is the premise, adopted from his Uncle, that when life is good one must pause and say 'if this isn't nice, what is?' It is a mantra that I have … Continue reading Books that will leave you feeling good about life
My husband drunkenly ponders and lists the eight songs he would choose for Desert Island Discs (Pixies, Bowie, Can, Dylan blar, blar, blar...). 'You are spoilt!', I cry. 'When I'm on A Good Read with Harriet Gilbert, I can only choose one book.' ONE BOOK. The impossibility of such a task. So in my ongoing … Continue reading What would you choose for ‘A Good Read’?
I rediscovered Good Evening, Mrs Craven just before Christmas, and through happenstance was given Jan Struther's Mrs Miniver not once, but twice for Christmas. The two are perfect bedfellows and now I only need to cast my mind about to find a third companion piece. Mrs Miniver is a series of vignettes from the point … Continue reading London life in the Second World War