Biggles Air Detective by Captain WE Johns

This is the first Biggles book I’ve ever read and I am genuinely impressed. Obviously, Biggles is always going to triumph and isn’t going to be shot dead or shot down in his aircraft on Page 4, but nonetheless I have to say there’s a certain amount of ingenuity in some of these stories whichContinue reading “Biggles Air Detective by Captain WE Johns”

Cross of Fire by Colin Forbes

This is an extremely long thriller at over 550 pages. It needs to be though as there are so many characters not all of whom are what they seem to be at first appearance. The good people are: Paula Grey, Newman (who appears to be in a permanent bad mood), Nield, Butler, Tweed, and Marler.Continue reading “Cross of Fire by Colin Forbes”

Marshlands by Andre Gide

This is autofiction, a form of fictionalized autobiography. Autofiction combines two mutually inconsistent narrative forms, namely autobiography and fiction. The protagonist of Marshlands is a writer who is writing a book called Marshlands about a reclusive character who lives in a tower and can fish out of his windows. The narrator or protagonist is someoneContinue reading “Marshlands by Andre Gide”

Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 7

Our room is a lovely blue colour with sunlight coming through a window high on the wall, so we must be in a cellar somewhere. Four beds, two in a bunk bed, and two separate, round beds are present. There are two litter trays at opposite ends of the room, along with a large, roundContinue reading “Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 7”

Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 6

As the train speeds up from Lille, the sun comes out, and it looks lovely outside. “It looks lovely outside, Gemma,” I say, trying to engage her in conversation. “I’m reading, Frederick,” she replies, “about state sponsored oppression in the Middle East. Did you enjoy your early lunch?” “I did,” I reply. “I’ve saved halfContinue reading “Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 6”

Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 5

At about 7pm, Mrs Elkins arrives with two cat carriers, two toys, and what looks like an overnight bag. The black cat carriers are rather luxurious and lined with material. There is a small window in the door but otherwise we can easily keep out of sight and maintain our undercover operation. The toys areContinue reading “Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 5”

Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 4

By the time I wake up, John and Mary have already left for the airport. I walk around the house looking at how neat and tidy they’ve left everything. They did a lot of washing yesterday including their bed sheets and our cat blankets, so that Gemma and I would have clean bedding for theContinue reading “Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 4”

Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 3

On the rest of this today, and the next today, the humans pack and unpack their bags several times each and change their suitcases twice. This suggests indecision to me, but they eventually settle on the right items to take and then, in the evening of the next today, there’s a knock on the frontContinue reading “Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 3”

Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 2

“Hello Freddie and Gemma, how are you, and who are your friends?” asks Rufus. “Hello squirrel,” says Gemma, “to answer your question, those were our friends who were telling us what we would do when the humans are away in terms of the cat sitter and when they’d be coming.” “Hello, Gemma,” replies Rufus, “that’sContinue reading “Our Cats in Amsterdam – Part 2”

Diary of a Buddhist Cat

First there was the Diary of a Buddhist Cat. Rufus stands still and looks at the human. I am closer to the window and observe Rufus is transfixed. I grab his tail and drag him across the table. He turns around and heads through the window, closely followed by me. I pick up the bookContinue reading “Diary of a Buddhist Cat”