- The Joan Brady case and another swipe at the crime and thriller genre.
- Paxman and pants, with a nod to Crime Scraps.
- Murder Most Famous: reality celeb TV and crime fiction meet for an arranged marriage.
- The independents prove their value in a Which? survey.
I spent some of the last week sorting through books at the house of my late parents and dropping off the ones I don't want at the local charity book shop. I came across an unread novel by one Joan Brady and my first thought was "Who?" Well I know now.
Mark Lawson in The Guardian writes of the impact of Brady's recent legal action success - winning £115k in an out of court settlement - where fumes from a cobbler near her home caused her so much physical distress and mental distraction she was reduced from writing a literary tome to penning a thriller. Oh dear, where the poor cobbler's lawyers here? Literary novels can have such meandering plots but thrillers require much attention to detail. I am pleased to report that the Brady novel went to the charity shop.
All this took place in Totnes in Devon and Uriah was on the spot like a roving reporter, providing this wonderful post (with photo of the local indie bookshop) on Crime Scraps. Now then, you'd have to have been unconscious or somewhere deep in the jungle or desert to have missed the news of Jeremy Paxman's leaked email to Sir Stuart Rose, the Chief Exec of M&S, last week. Paxman asserts that M&S undies for men are no longer of sufficient quality, or indeed support. This has led to some element of national debate and Paxman has said that he's had more correspondence on this than any other matter in his career, including his interview with Michael Howard. Men now want to talk about their undergarments and it seems to be catching. Even Uriah manages to divulge in that post the brand of his own underpants...
By the way, at last year's inaugural Henley Literary Festival, Paxman took to the stage to talk about royalty, managing to mention his M&S underpants in passing. I can imagine that someone so loyal would feel so aggrieved when facing reduced quality.