Having had a very unsatisfactory foray into some different books, I have returned to the bosom of Lord Peter Wimsey. In a pure, non sexual way.(Although, is it possible to have a crush on a literary character? In a sort of non-adulterous way? Discuss.) Anyway, I love Harriet Vane in these novels as well so that’s ok I think.
There are a few semi spoilers in this paragraph for people who haven’t read the novels so you can go away if you like. I won’t be offended. I think Gaudy Night must be one of my favourite novels ever. Partly the feminist sub-text which is intelligently dealt with but then there is such passion. The passage where Harriet watches Peter sleeping by the river and realises that she has fallen in love with him after she has fought this so hard, is just so beautiful and made me fill up. (no really)
So this one above – Thrones, Dominations follows on and I LOVED it. Not all written by Sayers but I can’t see the join.

Watched…37 Days to War


I think the BBC is really good at this. You really cannot believe that within such a small time frame (37 days for those not paying attention) the world seemed to fall into the horror story that was WW 1. The series looks at the different characters and the tiny events this thing turned on and before your very eyes, the unthinkable happens. It is very sobering in view of recent events in Europe. Most of the people involved seem to be doing their best and still, it goes horribly wrong. The cream of British theatre have all got their “acting” chops in top gear. Ian McDiarmid is especially excellent as British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey and didn’t make me think of Emperor Palpatine once. Which I am sure he is grateful for.


Also Great British Sewing Bee is back. Hurrah!!! For me, sewing is quite difficult so these people are your actual marvels. Also Claudia is in it and Patrick (Obviously) and and that nice May from the WI and London looks lovely. Result! What do you want? Jam on it?



  1. March 11, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    I think Gaudy Night is my favourite Lord Peter Wimsey. I also have it on audio book read by Ian Carmichael…perfect.
    Jane x

    • March 11, 2014 / 10:24 pm

      Ian Carmichael must be lovely. Also, I wonder if it might not be time to film it again. I would watch!

  2. March 11, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    Are we telepathic? Delving in the loft over the weekend, I found a JPWalsh book I'd got for 10p in a sale last summer and forgotten about. Now have the urge to read more Wimsey all over again. Then I watched all 3 episodes of 37 days in 2 long stretches whilst ironing. I was GRIPPED – fantastic cast of luvvies, all acting brilliantly, I felt. And now I am racing thru my blogroll in order to sit down and watch GBSB. [but you can have CW, I am not so fond of her] Haberdashery rocks!!

  3. March 11, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    I think the phrase is "Great minds…..etc etc"

  4. March 12, 2014 / 8:36 am

    I have been loving the sewing bee, which is comical as I am pants at sewing.

    X x

    • March 12, 2014 / 8:55 pm

      I am the same – no idea what they are doing but I love it

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