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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Now Reading....Somerset Maugham and Helen Percy

I finished Somerset Maugham's The Magician a week or so ago, and have since read a couple more of his short stories from the volume I mentioned before.
After my initial feeling of disappointment, which I mentioned in a previous post, I stuck with The Magician and ended up really quite liking it.  It's quite a good early horror 'romp' and I note that there was a film adaptation made in 1926 by Rex Ingram.  I will post a Youtube link after.
However I prefer Maugham's short stories, which are always entertaining and insightful, and I'm finding them pretty inspiring for me as a writer.
Another book I'm reading at the moment is Scandalous,  Immoral and Improper - the Trial of Helen Percy, which is her own account of her 'trial' by the Church of Scotland - and by the press - back in the 1990s.  I'm not sure why it popped into my head recently;  I suppose I've been meaning to read it for a while.  I'm glad I've finally got round to it.  It's beautifully written and quite fascinating.   Lots of resonances for me personally, not least because I was working in the area at the time and remember the 'scandal' vividly,  via the headlines and the odd bit of local gossip.  I thought at the time that it all sounded 'wrong', on a number of levels.  Nobody really comes out of it well.  It's published by Argyll Publishing, a small independent.  I'm puzzled as to why a bigger publisher didn't pick it up; given the extreme publicity the case received at the time I would imagine it would be a seller.  Perhaps not. Anyway,  I haven't finished the book yet and will give my opinion after.  It will require some thought.

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