Thursday, April 09, 2009

What I've Been Reading II

This looked promising when I picked it out at the Library, but I found it dry and pedestrian. A much better look at broadcasting, with quite a strong religios slant is Libby Purves' "Radio".

"Father Joe" was a much better book; a look at a contemporary RC saintly elder. An interesting read, but did not give me the same certainty of Truth as when reading aboout great Elders such as Porphyrios or Paisios. Contains much autobiographical detail about the troubled life of the author, Tony Hendra, who was also very much in the media eye on both sides of the Atlantic in the '80s and '90s.

"Selma at the Abbey" by the immortal Elsie J. Oxenham. This is a golden *very* oldie for collectors of girls' school stories, as I have been for many years. First published in 1952, it is very much the product of its time, very much set in the halcyon decades of the twentieth century, it paints a vivid - albeit heavily idealised - picture of life in a very philanthropic wealthy landed gentry family in England.
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