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August 07, 2007


Cornelia Read

Ah, Wodehouse... I think my own favorite quote of his is something along the lines of "It seems a pity to discuss Mr. Frisby's gastric juices, but it is the duty of the historian to see things clearly, and to see them whole." Can't remember which book it's from, but it's stuck with me for some 24-odd years now.

Wonderful post, thank you!


Oh, I'm so glad someone else writes about snow to keep cool. I started one novel by dumping my unhappy characters in the middle of a blizzard because I was in Sicily in July without air conditioning. I finally left them shivering and miserable to go take a dip in the pool.

David Thayer

Charles, As luck would have it a copy of your novel arrived in Wellington Leg, despite our postal woes. It's not difficult to imagine winter here as a marine layer descends on windswept beaches.

Charles Finch

Thanks so much for your replies! In order:

Cornelia, I loved Field of Darkness and I'm glad we agree about Wodehouse. Another quote of his that I love and just came across: "In one second, without any previous training or upbringing, he had become the wettest man in Worcestershire."

Rebecca, what have you written? I'd love to read it. Needless to say I'm jealous that you were in Sicily long enough to write something. I've always wanted to go.

And lastly David, I'm glad the postal service is still vigilant, and you've won a new and avid reader for your blog.


Antarctica is the place I want to viist most in the world. If you haven't already you should read some of books chronicling the exploration of the continent (Scott, Shackleton etc) since you'll be walking in their footsteps.

Charles Finch

Definitely -- especially Amundsen, my current favorite.

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Jim Masters

I'm in the process of reading "The Fleet Street Murders." I had thought that I would not find another mystery writer that would engage my mind as much as Anne Perry has done in the past, but as I read you I believe that I have.
We also might be distant cousins. I have a very long line of Finches in my ancestry, beginning with Lucy Finch, one of my 3rd great-grandmothers, who married Elisha Belknap in Ontario County, NY in 1810, back through her father Albert, and on back through Jabez, Joseph, Jr., Joseph, Sr., John, to Abraham Finch, Sr., who was born in Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire in 1585 and who died in Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1638.

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