Wordcatcher Publishing https://wordcatcher.com Thu, 21 May 2020 15:21:43 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 170423423 The Racing Monks of St. Mellons by John F. Wake https://wordcatcher.com/the-racing-monks-of-st-mellons-by-john-f-wake/ https://wordcatcher.com/the-racing-monks-of-st-mellons-by-john-f-wake/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 08:42:47 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=6531 Back when the Lummery Hall was still a monastery, the monks organised a race on St. Melo’s (Melaine) day – 22nd October. The race was from the hall to the St Mellons Church, and to the winner of the race went given a ‘Sanctus Bell’ from the monastery, which he immediately gave straight back to […]

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Thursday Review: Peach Blossom Pavilion – Mingmei Yip | Ray Noyes https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-peach-blossom-pavillion-mingmei-yip-ray-noyes/ https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-peach-blossom-pavillion-mingmei-yip-ray-noyes/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:00:50 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9734 An often sad but beautifully written and sensitive insight into Chinese prostitution houses.  That the heroine is eventually able to make a new life for herself brings tensions and depth to the tale.  Her character is lovingly painted which serves to put her enforced slavery into a deeper context.  To the Western eye these establishments […]

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Thursday Review: Oblomov – Ivan Goncharov | Ray Noyes https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-oblomov-ivan-goncharov-ray-noyes/ https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-oblomov-ivan-goncharov-ray-noyes/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:00:28 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9732 I’m not sure what to make of this book. It is a moral tale of the effects of a man’s laziness, inertia and a life apparently wasted – if judged by social norms. Yet his is a life of love, not only from a woman but from his friends and servants. It is a life […]

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Thursday Review: Au Bonheur des Dames – Émile Zola | Ray Noyes https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-au-bonheur-des-dames-emile-zola-ray-noyes/ https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-au-bonheur-des-dames-emile-zola-ray-noyes/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9730 Au Bonheur des Dames (for the delight of ladies) is a book that sets out from beginning to end to set up contrasts. The title is not only the title of the book, but also that of a magnificent and ever-expanding department store in Paris that through its unimaginable success and constant expansion, destroys the […]

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The Ellen O’Brian Horror | John F. Wake https://wordcatcher.com/the-ellen-obrian-horror-john-f-wake/ https://wordcatcher.com/the-ellen-obrian-horror-john-f-wake/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9812 Cardiff 1903 6 October 1903 and PC James Price (41) was working a day shift, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, out of the Town Hall Police Station. An officer, from any era will feel dread when approached by an Inspector or operative from an organisation or charity dealing with a cruelty to children. If the policeman himself […]

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Monday Tip #32 Chunking https://wordcatcher.com/monday-tip-32-chunking/ https://wordcatcher.com/monday-tip-32-chunking/#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:00:16 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9820 If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham H Maslow I like chunking, it makes any project so much easier to deal with. If you are struggling with something big, then break it down into smaller components, and concentrate on these single elements. It […]

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Thursday Review: Plainsong – Kent Haruf | Ray Noyes https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-plainsong-kent-haruf-ray-noyes/ https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-plainsong-kent-haruf-ray-noyes/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:00:39 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9728 I’ve caught a bug!  The Kent Haruf bug.  His writing is Hemingway-esque: economic, tight, direct and clear. His characterisation is sympathetic, full of brightness and hope. Just as Our Souls at Night, the third book in a series, investigated the (nowadays) seeming impossibility of two old folk sleeping innocently together just for company, so Plainsong, my latest discovery […]

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Sudden Death in Love Lane | John F. Wake https://wordcatcher.com/sudden-death-in-love-lane-john-f-wake/ https://wordcatcher.com/sudden-death-in-love-lane-john-f-wake/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:00:04 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9808 Cardiff 1895 PC James Price is 33 years of age. He has seen it all and done it all. He has experienced the horrors of the Dead House and the terrors of the back streets but was soon to make a sensational arrest like no other before. It showed him, and all involved in this […]

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Monday Tip #34 What do you See in the Glass? https://wordcatcher.com/monday-tip-34-what-do-you-see-in-the-glass/ https://wordcatcher.com/monday-tip-34-what-do-you-see-in-the-glass/#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2020 08:00:54 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9818 Architecture is the art of wasting space Philip Johnson A pessimist will always see the glass as being half empty whereas an optimist will see it as being half full. Nope, I don’t buy that. I think that sometimes we need to see the gaps in order to appreciate what’s there. If you’ve just drunk […]

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Thursday Review: Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Ray Noyes https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-half-of-a-yellow-sun-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-ray-noyes/ https://wordcatcher.com/thursday-review-half-of-a-yellow-sun-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-ray-noyes/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:00:43 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9726 The lives of three characters are woven together in the turbulence of the Biafran revolt in Nigeria in the 1960s. Ugwu is a young houseboy of a university lecturer who is full of revolutionary intent. Olanna is the lecturer’s beautiful mistress who has renounced a privileged life in Lagos to be with her lover. Richard, […]

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Inspector Ben Davies of the Bute Street Nick | John F. Wake https://wordcatcher.com/inspector-ben-davies-of-the-bute-street-nick-john-f-wake/ https://wordcatcher.com/inspector-ben-davies-of-the-bute-street-nick-john-f-wake/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2020 11:00:49 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9806 Cardiff 1895-1909 Benjamin Davies was born in Penarth in 1861. On his marriage to Elizabeth he lived at a house in Windsor Road but soon moved to Burnaby Street in Splott. He joined the Dock Police in Cardiff and then the Borough Police as a Constable. He worked hard and passed exams and had his […]

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Monday Tip #32 Creating a Brand https://wordcatcher.com/monday-tip-32-creating-a-brand/ https://wordcatcher.com/monday-tip-32-creating-a-brand/#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2020 08:00:34 +0000 https://wordcatcher.com/?p=9816 Running a company on market research is like driving while looking in the rearview mirror. Anita Roddick, founder of Body Shop Creating a brand identity for a business, product, service, etc. can be a chore. It can also be a great deal of fun. Whatever you come up with will probably have to last a […]

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