Virginia Barton

19 July 2017: Beloved Snail

The “Snail” has broken cover! Come out from under a flower pot and is now rampant! Exposed to the rigours of the market.

6 June 2014: Books again

It’s been a “nose in a book” week. Several weeks actually. The pile of “yet to be finished” titles by the bed and on the table by the sofa was a reproach that had to be tackled: some had been started so long ago the beginning was forgotten.

30 March 2014: The day the clocks change

Arthur Baskerville’s observations are as characterful as the people he describes. Two old persons groping their way downstairs to breakfast had me staring at myself and BH, both poignant and funny. And the reader is present again, naughtily eavesdropping in an English tea shop.

10 February 2014: Claude and friends

Inevitably children will climb on him, sit on his knee, stroke his beard. They will want their selfies taken with the creator of Oliver Twist, Scrooge and Tiny Tim. And the arch story-teller, the heart-twister, the master of suspense would relish this new spotlight, and the chance to introduce a new generation of readers to his dear old favourites.

28 September 2013: Ginny, head-in-air

When did you last lie flat on your back gazing at the sky? Coming from the north, and a landscape that rapidly changes, I’ve always loved the fact of clouds and their uniqueness. Now you see them, now you don’t. Only the sea is as changeable.

Bookery Nook: Recipes, role models and Rolheiser

For little ones, “The Story of St Francis of Assisi” is an excellent buy at a time when the National Association of Headteachers is urging parents to help their children to read before they begin school. This delightful book costs less than two packets of cigarettes . . .

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