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The Eagle Tree

I read a lot of books. In the main, they are for entertainment, but interspersed with the less serious, I’ll delve into a range of more serious matters relating to life, current (or past) affairs, and literature. I’ve just finished a book called ‘The Eagle Tree’ by Ned Hayes, a novel that I would rank as one of the most appealing that I have read for some while. There are two reasons for this: firstly, it is an outstanding novel in it’s own right, but secondly, it offers an eloquent and memorable insight into autism, humanity and ecology.

 

Autism had not been a topic on my radar screen until about 18 months ago when I started photographing the work . . . → Read More: The Eagle Tree

The life and times of Gerald Samper, aesthete and ghostwriter to the terminally stupid

It was a few years ago, browsing through the local library that I found myself leafing through a book by James Hamilton-Paterson entitled ‘Cooking With Fernet Branca‘. I hadn’t heard of James Hamilton-Paterson, had no idea what (or who) Fernet Branca was, and didn’t understand why I would be looking at a supposed cookery book. I now know it wasn’t a cookery book; well, not cookery in the more familiar sense of the menu. I also know what Fernet Branca is, and I also know quite a bit more about James Hamilton-Paterson. If you’ve not come across the book, and if you have a sense of humour that can accommodate satire, farce and wit, then this is . . . → Read More: The life and times of Gerald Samper, aesthete and ghostwriter to the terminally stupid