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David Charnick

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Death and the City

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Dear Charnowalkers,Last time I mentioned how slow January...

Dear Charnowalkers,

Last time I mentioned how slow January can be - well, February's much the same! Especially when the weather is as unreliable as it has been. As I mentioned in the last post, my February tours were on the legal side, exploring crime and the law in the City and the East End. Most went ahead, but with small audiences.


My last tour of the month was 'To Make the Punishment Fit the Read more of this blog post »
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Like other collections this one is a bit of a mixture. We get four Bingo Little stories, a Mulliner, one about illness fans at a spa, and then three Ukridge items. What links Ukridge and Bingo Little is that they are both chronically short of cash, a ...more
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It's a well-written thriller, nicely plotted with a goodly amount of detail. It all comes down to what you think of Bond, I suppose. He appears here to be vulnerable - he feels fear and is depressed by failure - but also there is a gratuitously unple ...more
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Despite its modest claim to being a brief guide, this is a thorough examination of Bond up to publication, which means it covers the film Quantum of Solace. It gives you a Fleming biography, followed by a Bond biography (informed by existing versions ...more
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