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  1. "I only met my father once - and I didn't know it was him. The person whom I know as my mother is really my aunt, and vice-versa"
  2. Thanks for digging up and posting this thread, David. It really is interesting to have someone like Mr InBetween with his forthright views and black and white way of seeing the world. Years ago I used to visit a great books forum on killdevilhill.com which was presided over by 5 or 6 of the best read young Americans you can imagine. They all had extremely strong opinions on all subjects and there would be endless verbal fist-fights, people flouncing off promising never to return, coming back anyway etc. All very entertaining. Everyone is too polite and respectful on Book Group Online... Coming back to the subject, I think that one of the books chosen by Christopher Howse stands in a league of its own : "On the Inhalation of the Vapour of Ether in Surgical Operations" by John Snow. Communism, freedom of speech, feminism, the free market etc are all very well but - imagine - operations without anaesthetic?! On the same lines Fleming must have written a paper on penicillin. I suppose Lord Bragg should have said "excluding paers/books describing scientific and medical advances, what are the 12 books that most changed the world?"
  3. What a heart-rending and sad poem, chuntzy. THERE is sweet music here that softer falls Than petals from blown roses on the grass, Or night-dews on still waters between walls Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass; Music that gentlier on the spirit lies, Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes; Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies. Here are cool mosses deep, And thro' the moss the ivies creep, And in the stream the long-leaved flowers weep, And from the craggy ledge the poppy hangs in sleep. (Tennyson, from The Song of the Lotos Eaters)
  4. "I only met my father once - and I didn't know it was him"
  5. I can't believe I got one. (They have to be very easy for me to get them. The nearest I've come before was one from Meg where it was Adele, Mr Rochester's ward. I knew it was her but for some reason I wasn't thinking and I put down Jane Eyre herself. Anyway, here's my one. If no one gets it straightaway, I'll add to the clue: "I only met my father once"
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