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Rachel Cusk Trilogy by Deborah Fry

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Rachel Cusk Trilogy by Deborah Fry

There’s usually a great deal of tediousness in those conversations you have during occasions - social or otherwise - when you come up against strangers and total silence isn’t really an option, don’t you agree?

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"Iris Origo: Threads and Co-incidences." By Deborah Fry, November 2019

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"Iris Origo: Threads and Co-incidences." By Deborah Fry, November 2019

Working in Grand Days one day, putting some new old books on the shelves, I came across Iris Origo’s Images and Shadows and was delighted.  I’d read a review of it and four other books of hers in London Review of Books (The Italianness of it All by Tessa Hadley, 24 May 2018) and had put her into that long list of ‘must read’s in the back of my mind. I had assumed from her name that she must be Italian and that drew me in from the start.  I have long loved Italy and things Italian and have been...

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"Matisse, Russia, Sergei Shchukin-Threads and Co-incidences" by Deborah Fry September 2019

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"Matisse, Russia, Sergei Shchukin-Threads and Co-incidences" by Deborah Fry September 2019

It’s very hard to choose, but Henri Matisse’s painting, The Conversation, is my favourite of all his works.  It is a big painting of Mr and Mrs Matisse poised for speech but at that captured moment apparently silent, he standing, in a pair of blue and white striped pyjamas, hand in pocket; she sitting in her black dressing gown with green trim. They face each other and one feels the tension between them.  There is a balcony behind them and a garden beyond. For a long time I had assumed the conversation to be happening at night-time, but outside it...

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"The Peregrine" By J.A. Baker . Deborah Fry, July 2019

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"The Peregrine" By J.A. Baker . Deborah Fry, July 2019

Here then is the bones of The Peregrine for you: For about a decade from 1954 to 1964, a myopic and arthritic office worker called John Alec Baker tracked the peregrine falcons (large powerful birds of prey) that hunted over the narrow geographical area marked by the flat marshes of the coast and landscape of his county.  My friend Rob recently gave me this beautiful wondrous book because he loved it.  I loved it too and gave it to Grand Days’ Tom. It isn’t new; it appeared in 1967, written by a modest, private man who lived all his life...

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