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Feeding the dark side of my sense of humour - The Bibliophile
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Feeding the dark side of my sense of humour
I know it's going to be a GOOD memoir when I read something like this early in:

Of course, we weren't able to get back to Guy's every day. Lunch was eaten everywhere and covered every variety of meal, from sausage rolls gobbled as we bowled along the Mile End Road in the car to repasts at the Ivy or La Coquille. Sometimes we even ate sandwich lunches in the mortuaries, and there was the famous day when Dr. Simpson, who was always telling West that the floor of Southwark mortuary was clean enough to eat off, dropped a Spam sandwich onto the said floor, which, although certainly very clean, was nevertheless a mortuary floor. There was a heavy silence, during which West eyed Dr. Simpson expectantly. Then Dr. Simpson, with a half grin, half grimace, said, "Well, West, here goes, I said it." He stooped, picked up the sandwich and ate it. "Well done, sir!" exclaimed West.

From "Murder on the Home Front" by Molly Lefebure.


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zappo From: zappo Date: 27th October 2014 07:44 (UTC) (Other places)
West... Herbert West?

Sorry, too much HPLHS Dark Adventure Radio Theatre lately. But this book sounds absolutely spiffing!

Also, I used to read a lot of Robertson Davies, before I got caught up in a lot of other stuff. What other Canadian authors must I read?
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 27th October 2014 22:12 (UTC) (Other places)
Sorry, Harry West ... chap in charge of the Southwark mortuary at the time. And yes, the book IS spiffing (originally published in 1955 but recently back in print because of a recent TV adaptation ... DVD now on my shopping list)

Canadian authors ... oh, that was a dangerous question ***EVIL GRIN*** This oughta keep you busy for a few days:

Margaret Laurence
Margaret Atwood
Alice Munro
Pierre Berton
Farley Mowat
Stephen Leacock
Hugh McLennan
Emily Carr
Pauline Johnson
Carol Shields
Michael Ondaatje
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Mordecai Richler
Ann-Marie MacDonald
P.K. Page
Evelyn Lau
Timothy Findley
Marie-Claire Blais
Charles G.D. Roberts
Susanna Moodie
Gregory Clark
Gordon Sinclair

Those are a selection the "classics." To which I'll add a few personal favourites that aren't considered quite as great 'n' famous (or at least not any more) but I like 'em:

Nancy Baker
Anthony Bidulka
Robert Thomas Allen
Mervyn J. Huston
Eric Nicol
Richard J. Needham
Don Harron
Alan Edmonds
Marq De Villiers
Suzanne North
Ben Wicks

zappo From: zappo Date: 28th October 2014 07:17 (UTC) (Other places)
Wow, what a list! I've actually read two of those o_O guess which (I'm a lexxian and was a little girl once)
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 28th October 2014 22:29 (UTC) (Other places)
Atwood and Montgomery
zappo From: zappo Date: 29th October 2014 07:37 (UTC) (Other places)
Ondaatje and Montgomery - because Michael McManus once lauded the former I had to read him!
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 29th October 2014 22:30 (UTC) (Other places)
Ah, wasn't aware of that connection. I guessed Atwood on the premise that she has written some science fiction and thus is known to a few Lexxfolks via genre connection.

Edited to add a P.S.: I've read John Ajvide Lindqvist and Elsa Maartman Beskow (the latter thanks to tommdroid) so we're pretty much even on the literary exchange (I've likely read other Swedish authors but these are the ones I'm aware are Swedish)

Edited at 2014-10-29 22:38 (UTC)
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