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Nature Obsessions…

A review of Otter Country by Miriam Darlington and Hare by Jim CrumleyMy fondness for nature writing does not abate. I put it down in part to the horrors of suburban existence – commuting, work, a feeling of disconnectedness with the land – and I’m certainly not alone: today’s nature writers are amongst the biggest…

The Most Magical Film of Them All

Frank Capra’s masterpiece is a devastating critique of small town America, but also a celebration of Christmas hopeSo Christmas and its usual schmaltz is upon us. Miracle on 34th Street and The Polar Express have, of course, been showing on Channel 5 since early September, but today marks the day in the film calendar. Forget The Force Awakens (tour de force that it was) and…

A memoir not to be forgotten

The Times proclaimed it ‘The best memoir by a politician’. It’s far more – a story that needs to be heard.Political memoirs are written and forgotten. After sensational headlines in Sunday newspapers announcing the dirt to be dished, most are consigned to the charity shop pile or to be found in branches of The Works. Not…

Bookshop Guide: Oxfam, Thame and Aylesbury

Oxfam Bookshop Thame

In the month in which the number of pound shops in Aylesbury trebles, it’s time to get thrifty and grab a bargainCharity shops and books are all too often a depressing combination. Tucked away in a corner, generally beyond the sherry glasses, 70s tea sets, brass holiday souvenirs and other unloved chintz, charity shop books…