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About tom.allison

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  • Birthday 16/03/1953


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    near glasgow, scotland
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    bridge, reading, crosswords
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  1. The Colour of Light by William Goldman, 2 leading characters are writer and editor Harry Dolan books, main character editor/ publisher (though books are crime, not about writing)
  2. I'm feeling a little guilty now, after suggesting this one as the curent read. Have to agree with most of the comments- plenty of promise (and premise) but sadly , no, or little, delivery. Apologies, chaps & chapesses
  3. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search The Old Vicarage in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester is a house associated with the poet Rupert Brooke, who lived nearby and in 1912 immortalised it in an eponymous poem.[1] The Old Vicarage was built in around 1685 on the site of a 15th century vicarage and passed from church ownership into private hands in 1820. It was bought in 1850 by Samuel Page Widnall (1825–1894), who extended it and established a printing business, the Widnall Press. In 1910 it was owned by Henry and Florence Neeve, from whom Rupert Brooke rented a room, and later a large part of the house. Brooke's mother bought the house in 1916 and gave it to his friend, the economist Dudley Ward. In the 1980s, it was bought by the novelist and politician Jeffrey Archer and his wife, scientist Mary Archer. The Guardian crossword setter Araucaria set a famous clue: Poetic scene has, surprisingly, chaste Lord Archer vegetating (3, 3, 8, 12) giving, as an anagram, THE OLD VICARAGE GRANTCHESTER.
  4. I can't quite fathom the "Author"'s objection to second hand buying/selling. Doesn't she realise she has ALREADY BEEN PAID for that copy, either by royalties or advance. Why should she be paid twice? That's like buying a tin of beans, and then all your family having to pay the supermarket some more if they have a portion! At one time, all the second - hand books were bought as new, and the ownership transfered to the buyer to do with as they wish, lend, sell or destroy (heaven forbid) I have no difficulty buying second hand, indeed most the books I buy new are the result of having discovered authors I like through having read from second-hand/library materail
  5. I'll nominate Tony & Susan by Austin Wright ""Tony & Susan" is a dazzling achievement; simultaneously a riveting portrayal of the experience of reading and a page-turning thriller, written in startlingly arresting prose. It is also a novel about fear and regret,revenge and aging, marriage and creativity. It is simply unique"
  6. For those of us old enough to remember, it was a time of many "manufactured" groups, made up of mainly session musicians, recording songs written by "tin pan alley" writers such as Chapman/Chinn & produced by Mickie Most etc. That incarnation of Brotherhood of Man was not the same as the Euro winners, IIRC, but mostly the same as White Plains line-up, and I think the girls (Sunny & Sue??) were also backing singers for Joe Cocker. Ah memories! Rick Wakeman was playing piano on "Morning Has Broken" such innocence
  7. feature the same (lead) vocalist
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