Tim Gautreaux, ‘Waiting for the Evening News’

Tim Gautreaux is an author who deserves to be better known. The author of three novels, he has also written beautifully crafted short stories about the Deep South, as the subtitle of Waiting for the Evening News describes it, which immediately puts us in mind of Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy.

Kenneth Grahame, ‘The Wind in the Willows’

It is easy to assume that we have read a book simply because it is a classic when, in fact, we never quite got round to it. How many people, I wonder, have read the Paddington books, the Mary Poppins series, or even The Wind in the Willows?  We may have seen the movie butContinue reading “Kenneth Grahame, ‘The Wind in the Willows’”

The Wonder of Wemmick

“Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea.” Like Pip, I too grew up in Kent, down by the river. A few miles north was the graveyard that inspired the famous opening to Great Expectations. Just up the road was Gad’s Hill Place, Dickens’Continue reading “The Wonder of Wemmick”