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Dark Puss

Does he go down the Boulby mine? Did he visit the Palmer Lab located underground there?


He does go down the Boulby mine. I don't think he mentions the lab by name, but he does cover what they do there - very interesting!


Having read or heard on the radio abiut the subject matter, I shall not even attempt this book knowing how I feel about being enclosed, especially being 'under'. It gives me the shivers just thinking about it...


Very wise, Toffeeapple.
I wondered often why RM and the people he met (e.g. the potholers, and the 'crowds' who apparently frequent subterranean Paris) subject themselves to those experiences when they didn't have to - there were uncomfortable moments for this reader, but anyone more acutely sensitive to fears of that kind would do well to steer clear.

Mr Cornflower

Guided tours of the Paris sewer system and the Catacombs - rather sanitised, it must be said - have been a visitor attraction for generations, but on joint visits Mr Cornflower felt that Mrs Cornflower would enjoy above ground Paris even more.


It must be said that RM does not take the 'tourist route' beneath Paris!

Dark Puss

I was so disappointed to be in Vienna in February this year but to discover the famous sewers were not open to the public until April :-(


I'm very much looking forward to hearing him talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August.

Susan P.

I haven't read the book yet (just out in the USA) but I had the delight of hearing him talk last week. He talked about being very interested in the human experience of fear--without it being a life-threatening situation. It was fascinating to hear him discuss the book, and why he feels it is different from all his others.


Ah, The Third Man!


That should be good, Claire.


That must have been very interesting, Susan - he had quite a few fearful moments in the course of his travels underground.


Interesting! I am not sure how comfortable I would be underground either, though it sounds fascinating and he is such a good writer. I did see a copy, and it is beautiful--with shiny slick pages and lovely to look at. Maybe not one to carry around on the bus, though, so I shall stick with some of his other works I have on hand until this is out in paper.

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