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The most desirable thing in writing is style and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time.” Raymond Chandler

The Most Excellent Historie of the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1600)

Your favourite bit, aside from But love is blind, and lovers cannot see and All that glisters is not gold? Mine’s got to be, apart from Portia’s acidic I’d rather be married to a death’s head with a bone in his mouth, Gratiano’s Let me play the fool: with mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. But … Continue reading The Most Excellent Historie of the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1600)

A Drink with Shane MacGowan by Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane MacGowan (2001)

A Drink with Shane MacGowan by Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane MacGowan (2001)

I’ve always had Shane down as simply drunk as a brewer’s fart. This book, a chat over drinks with his wife Victoria, brings out some of the kind, human, down-to-earth, honest and very Irishly funny qualities of the lead singer of The Pogues (and former member of the Nipple Erectors). Lynn Barber, in The Observer, … Continue reading A Drink with Shane MacGowan by Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane MacGowan (2001)

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