A hundred years ago, when Britannia still ruled the waves, the Royal Navy fell victim to a humiliating hoax, reports of which kept the public amused for a few wintry days in February 1910.
Paul Torday was 59 when his first novel, the highly acclaimed Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, was published in 2006.
After the Christmas ‘funny’ books, here’s an even larger pile of Christmas ‘quirky’ books.
My daughter when small came home from school one night singing these extraordinary lines: ‘Fortune, my foe, why dost thou frown on me/ And will thy favours never lighter be?’
Michael Palin is the meekest, mildest and nicest of the Pythons.
Strange Days Indeed, by Francis Wheen
Free association underpins the comedy of Lorrie Moore’s writing — or perhaps the verb should be ‘unpins’, since her prose spins off in tangential, apparently affectless riffs.
Home to Roost and Other Peckings by Deborah Devonshire, edited by Charlotte Mosley
Israel Rank, by Roy Horniman
Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley, by Humphrey Lyttleton
Just What I Always Wanted: Unwrapping the World’s Most Curious Presents, by Robin Laurance