‘A’ for Ian McEwan’s ‘Nutshell

  Well, Ian, what can I say? You’ve done it again – out smarted your clever class-mates and dazzled your teacher with a real tour-de-force. Your classmates chose a more predictable approach. Many wrote as Gertrude (the closet scene being a particular favourite). Some opted for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, despite my warning that this had … Read more

Loose Canon — The extraordinary songs of Clive James and Pete Atkin

  In his introduction to Ian Shircore’s brilliant survey of the songs of Clive James and Pete Atkin, Stephen Fry writes: ‘those of us who have hugged the secret of this wonderfully gifted pair to ourselves can’t help feeling rather special and discerning, and we don’t need anyone else to clutter up the premises of … Read more