I’m more intrigued than ever by Agatha Christie. This is a biography that has been thoroughly researched and is even-handed as far as sensitivity, respect for the subject, and for truth-telling. It doesn’t turn a blind eye to Agatha Christie’s failings, but presents her as a whole human being, a brilliant creative person as well as a product of her time and social class. It maintains a balance that feels solid and well thought out, sympathetic and at the same time objective, scholarly and fair. It’s also a delightful read.
How reading Daphne du Maurier’s “The Birds” helped me make peace with Netflix’s 2022 version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Exploring the dichotomy between written stories and the movies made from them.
Review of Solaris, a science fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem, first published in 1961, now available (since 2014) in a direct-to-English translation by Bill Johnston.
An invitation to read the blogger’s own book, Shadows Fall by Barbara W. Klaser, available as an Amazon Kindle ebook.
Review of One for Sorrow, the first in the John the Lord Chamberlain mystery series, by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer, which is set in sixth century Constantinople, also known as Byzantium.