30 Aug 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

I was going to say something sensible about writing synopsises (is that even a word?), something I've been working on for a couple of weeks, but I don't make much sense after way too many ice mocchas and pieces of chocolate cake. So to quote the immortal Arnold: I'll be back!

14 Aug 2011

Jane Eyre ...

I've now seen the new Jane Eyre film (twice), and the conclusion is clear: The BBC version from 2006 with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens is the best so far.
It was beautifully filmed, good actors, but I yawned half way through and that's not really a good sign, is it? When I read Jane Eyre I'm always struck by the warmth and humour between Jane and Rochester, and I missed that in this film. There was no connection between them and that's no good for a romance!
So here's a taste from the best Jane Eyre movie so far:

9 Aug 2011

On Scandinavian crime literature

BBC 3 Radio sent this last night: Val McDermid and Louise Welsh discusses the Scandinavian Crime Wave - and no, not of the breaking and entering kind, but in literature. Very interesting!

Scandinavian Crime Writing