The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Hoylake Community Cinema ‘pops-up’ one Friday evening every month in the local community centre.  The films cater for all styles, tastes and genres, taking in everything from black on white classics (It’s a Wonderful Life), docu-films (He Named Me Malala), contemporary sci-fi (Ex-Machina), and foreign language films (Mustang). So when the Diving Bell and the … More The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan

I caught this morning morning’s minion, king- dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing In his ecstacy! Then off, off forth on swing, As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a … More Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan

Matisse the Master – A Life of Henri Matisse: Volume 2, 1909-1954 by Hilary Spurling

You might remember Matisse (and others) hitting the headlines in November with the discovery of a hoard of Nazi-confiscated artworks.  At the time I was already reading this biography, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year award in 2005. It was a difficult book to settle into and not because eight years and several … More Matisse the Master – A Life of Henri Matisse: Volume 2, 1909-1954 by Hilary Spurling