Mockingbirds and Rhododendrons

It was perfect. I was six years old and had just moved to England. Next to our house, in rural Lancashire, was a wood, known as Bank Lane. “Bank” referred not to a financial institution but to the banks of the brook that ran through it. I see from maps that the brook was calledContinue reading “Mockingbirds and Rhododendrons”


Writing a relationship

Wogan, Bowie, Rickman: all caused a stir in their passing; they had been major figures in mainstream culture for many years, they were familiar to nearly all, and considered part of the national consciousness, I suppose. However, personal reactions to the deaths of these people have been, naturally, varied, depending on whether they had beenContinue reading “Writing a relationship”