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Thank you for posting the Costa shortlists! I'm currently reading Olivia Laing's The Trip to Echo Spring; Why Writers Drink and can warmly recommend it. Like you, I loved Instructions for a Heatwave too!

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Sad I can't open the Kerr programme here :( I do love her spirit so. Tiger is on constant play here as is Mog. Mr Henry makes me weep.

English Passengers is one of my favourite novels - dazzlingly written. So impressive.


Mr. C. enjoyed Olivia Laing's last book, "To the River: A Journey beneath the Surface".
If I were a judge of the Novel category, of the three books I've read from it I'd give the prize to "Life After Life", with "Instructions..." a close second. Evie Wyld's book may cap them all, of course.


What a pity you can't see the programme - perhaps parts will appear on Youtube in due course.
English Passengers is indeed dazzling!


I loved the programme about Judith Kerr - what an amazing lady.
I read Tiger so many times to my children that by the time it came to reading it to the grandchildren, I realised that I virtually knew it by heart - but still love it.
We adored the Mog books too - Mog's Christmas still makes me giggle but I am afraid that I can't bear to read Goodbye Mog as I can't get past the first page without tears!
I hadn't realised that Matthew Kneale was Judith Kerr's son - I have had a copy of English Passengers pretty much since it came out in paperback but still haven't read it! Perhaps I need to make 2014 my catch-up reading year!


What a very creative family the Kerr/Kneales are!

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