THE TWENTY-NINTH OF OCTOBER 1902


The World is Mired …in the growth of what can justifiably be called ‘fascism’, there are starving millions, anti-human activity perpetrated by people who imagine they are human, people being blown up or killed in plane crashes and nobody asks what it’s all about; the few who sit quietly doing nothing can lose themselves in […]

FOUR NOVELS OF RICHARD JEFFERIES (R9)


Greene Ferne Farm (1880) The Dewy Morn (1884) After London (1885) Amaryllis at the Fair (1887) Some General Questions Before we look at the novels themselves, I’d like to ask a few questions about reading novels in general, for instance:- Where does our understanding of a novel come from? How does it arise? How do […]

Many Passions… (R7)


…for people, places, music, books and particular writers. Some writers I discovered more than fifty years ago quite by chance have remained solid and unchanging reference points for making sense of my life. Hilaire Belloc, for example—‘The Mowing of a Field’ in an old book of essays. Sturt, Chesterton, Lynd… Reading ‘The Mowing of a […]

The Happy Life (R7)


‘How foolish is that business man who does not sell out and retire to a small country cottage with his little income of a pound or twenty-five shillings a week, where he could eat, sleep and read in peace and walk abroad admiring Nature. Thousands of businessmen could do this and would if they were […]

A Gigantic System of Systems (R6)


The Enneagram In the gigantic system of systems known as the Enneagram which depicts nine basic personality types and countless sub-types which I prefer to call ‘fixations’ since what is fixated can always be unfixed—which is the object of the system’s dynamic—I settle for the time being on defining myself as a ‘hoarder’; of musical […]