Voting in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards is one of my favourite civic duties, but this year, my mouse is hovering between two boxes :
The Crocus Hour by Charlotte Randall
A treasure box of ex-pat angst, taut family relationships and a mystery.
Ladies A Plate:Traditional Home Baking by Alexa Johnston
Any recipe book that has the recipes that I have failed to pry out of my Mother’s hands must be a potential award winner for me, and the rich historical detail makes this the Te Papa of cookbooks.
My vote is wavering between the domestic arts and the literary arts; my heart vs. my stomach.
Necrology – a list of notable people who have died recently. Now a regular feature on our blog.
- Charles Arnold-Baker, 1918-2009 German aristocrat and intelligence officer who wrote a richly eccentric guide to British history
- Cyril John Freezer, 1924-2009 Engineer and editor who inspired thousands of postwar schoolboys to become model railway enthusiasts
- Michael Jackson, 1958-2009 American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman
- Steve Race, 1921-2009 Musician and broadcaster who chaired all 520 episodes of My Music and devised Telegraph crosswords
Michael Jackson has reportedly died at the age of 50 and the World Wide Web is a-Twitter.
You may have debated his relevance in the current music scene but the online frenzy, information and mis-information show the King of Pop is a still a figure of major public interest – locally Stuff’s article Michael Jackson’s dead had 96 comments as at 11:21am today. See also:
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