Literary Links

I do hope you are all OK in this appalling weather. Fennell Towers is taking a battering from the wind and rain, but thankfully no damage, other than a very soggy garden. Keep safe and warm, and whilst we wait for it to pass, entertain yourself with some literary links.

BBC Books and Authors has a wonderful podcast with some recent Children’s Laureate. I think this is a wonderful position, and those that have held it have produced some of my favourite children’s literature. 

BBC Radio 4 Extra is re-running Have His Carcase by Dorethy L Sayers, a good cosy crime for these stormy evenings. 

Another winner from the BBC with Donna Tart’s The Secret History. I have never read this, but it is on the wish list. 

Over at The Guardian, Joanna Trollope and Fay Weldon are having a natter about Jane Austen. It has been a long, long time since I read any Austen, perhaps I should dust one off and give it a bash.

Lit Addicted Brit has joined the Classic Club in an attempt to read a more “classic literature”. It is a very interesting list, with some I wouldn’t have thought of as classics, but deserve to be read.

If you are up for an interesting reading challenge, Peggy Ann is hosting a Read Scotland challenge. Her list of Scottish Authors is fab, and I shall put a few of them on my wish list.


Literary Links

Well, Christmas is nearly here, and with any luck Santa is loading his sleigh up with some literary based presents for me. I have been good this year, really I have. Well, mostly…

There seems to be a reasonable amount of literary based Christmas viewing on this year, so here are a few things you may want to set the recorder for:

Gangsta Granny – Boxing Day, 6.05pm, BBC1: Adapted from the David Walliams book for children, with a top quality cast including Miranda Hart (such fun!). I haven’t read any of the books by Walliams, but I am told they are fantastic.

Death Comes To Pemberley by PD James – Boxing Day, 8.15pm, BBC: Another adaptation, this time from the PD James book about a murder at Pemberley which gets the cast of Pride and Prejudice in a bit of a tither. Another one I haven’t read, but looks fun.

Series 3 of Sherlock – New Years Day, 9pm, BBC1. Need I say more?

The Tractate Middoth – Christmas Day 9:30pm BBC2 – This promises to be wonderful, an adaptation of the MR James ghost story by Mark Gatiss, one of the best writers around at the moment.

The Thirteenth Tale – Monday 30 December 9:30pm BBC2 – An adaptation of the Diane Setterfield novel, currently on my To Be Read pile for January book club. Looks to be fantastic.

There are some wonderful BBC Radio broadcasts too, including Beatrix Potter’s Tales, The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, and Christopher Lee’s Fireside Tales will give you the Christmas creeps. There is also a wonderful reading of The Wind In The Willows with Richard Briers. A nice locked room murder with Gaston Leroux’s The Mystery of the Yellow Room will give you something to mull over as you eat your way through the Quality Street. And finally, Susan Cooper’s the King of Shadows.

You could also just turn off the telly and read something instead…

Literary Links

It’s wooly jumpers at the ready here at Fennell Towers as the frost is nipping at the last of the summer marigolds which are bravely hanging on in the winter sun. Time to curl up with some literary links…

Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights Christmas Catalogue is available online and in the shop. As always it is a beautiful thing in its own right, never mind the lovely selection of books. I shall be hot footing to Bath in the not too distant future.

A short piece on the BBC about CS Lewis by Professor John Lennox who describes Lewis very vividly indeed.

On the BBC iPlayer is a wonderful programme about Being Poirot with David Suchet explaining how he developed the character for the Poirot TV series. He describes in enormous detail all the little characteristics that make up Poirot, and it is fascinating. 

BBC Radio 4: A Good Read has more literary natter from famous folks.

Over at Book Riot they have a lovely post about bookshelves which hide secret doors.

Christopher Fowler takes umbrage at PD James’s rules for writing.

Really, this week is all about Dr Who isn’t it?…

Literary Links

It’s Sunday again, and as it is pouring with rain here at Fennell Towers, it’s time for some literary links… 

A Twitter link telling me the final episodes of Poirot will be aired soon…  

Continuing with the Poirot theme, a little write up about the building used as Whitehaven Mansions in the Poirot series. 

The Saturday Review covers David Eggers new novel, The Circle

The Weekly Mayo has a kids book frenzy with David Walliams and Emma Thompson

A Good Read has some excellent choices this week, including a Month In The Country, which I adored.  

Book Club talks to Hilary Mantel about Bring Up The Bodies, which I still haven’t had the nerve to start… 

A nice piece from the Guardian on Alice Munro who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature


Literary Links

Well, it is Sunday again, and some time for some literary links to help is while away the hours… Enjoy! 

Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas – The Prince of Wales reads Fern Hill as a part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival to mark 100 years since the birth of Thomas.  

World Book Club – Jhumpa Lahiri on her collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth

The Weekly Mayo – Pam Ayres talks about her new poems, and is as delightful as ever, and William Boyd talks about writing a new Bond novel. 

Open Book – Discussions on Brazilian literature and the Harrogate Book Festival.  

Marcus Sedgwick talks about coincidences. 

Neil Gaimen and Phillip Pullman chat together on the Waterstones Podcast. 

Terry Pratchett launches a new dementia blog

BBC 4 A Very British Murder – If you haven’t been watching this, hot foot it to the BBC iPlayer now and settle down for some excellent TV. The wonderful Dr Lucy Worsley is at the helm, leading us through real and fictional crimes which explains our fascination with murder.

Literary Links

We are having a very restful Sunday here at Fennell Towers. It has been a very busy few weeks, and now The Delightful Mr F and I are sitting peacefully reading together. If you fancy a quiet hour, here are some literary links to mull over. 

The Economist has an interview with Margaret Atwood, talking about her new book MaddAddam. 

Roses In December  – has a guest post by me! I am a part of the Philofaxy All Stars Blogging circle, and I have written a piece for Paula on What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn.

As the nights start to draw in BBC R4 Extra has some great adaptations on, including Crooked House By Agatha Christie , Summer Lightning by PG Wodehouse and The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.

Open Book talks to Jo Nesbo about his new Harry Hole novel. 

Radio 4 had a wonderful programme about the uncanny  and how it is portrayed in the arts. If you like stories which unsettle you, then this is a real eye opener on how an uncanny story is constructed.

Literary Links

A bank holiday sunday here in the UK! The Delightful Mr F and are are stocked up with books, there is always a worry we could run dangerously low, and are ready for some serious reading.

The Weekly Mayo – Ian Rankin with Simon Mayo at the Edinburgh Festival

Books and Authors – Patrick Gale on the Cornish landscape

Christopher Edge has released details of the final Penelope Tredwell books, The Black Crow Conspiracy. I’m sad there will be only three books, they are great!  The first is reviewed here.

Books Please has a nice review about Agatha Christie’s life at home in Devon. 

Back with Christopher Edge, a nice peice about Neil Gaimen’s new book, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, currently nearing the top of the To Be Read Pile… 

The Guardian have a podcast with Eion Colfer about his new book series, WARP. 

BBC Radio 4 Extra has an early story by Daphne Du Maurier, read by Nigel Havers.