Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Woman in the World of The Thirty-Nine Steps

Happily Sophie Asmus, a woman not made for a part in John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), didn’t stay in Constantinople long in my novel Anyone’s Game. If she overlapped with Buchanesque figures on the Bosphorus that was because it … Continue reading

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Germany’s William Morris

The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner had the clever idea that European Modernism in architecture and design began in England half a century earlier with William Morris. It was the thesis of his first book, Pioneers of the Modern Movement From … Continue reading

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Like Tin Cans Tied to a Tricycle

The quote is from a review by Adam Mars-Jones of Michael Cunningham’s novel By Nightfall. You can find the reference in this autumn’s edition of The Author, the journal of The Society of Authors. The critic wasn’t happy about too … Continue reading

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