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Stickability

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What makes a book, a film, a scene, a song or a play stay in the mind? It’s a question writers wrestle with constantly. Often it’s a case of the ‘sevens’; when you’re seven years old everything is exciting and new, and any old rubbish sticks with you forever. I’m horrified at how often the […]

Nesbit Goes Off The Rails

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Edith Nesbit’s ‘The Railway Children’ is an odd book to have become a classic. The Edwardian tale of a middle-class family relocated from London to Yorkshire after their father’s arrest for treason is a series of disconnected episodes, snapshots taken over one summer, in the children’s lives. By 1970 it had been all but forgotten […]