A Brief History of the Pearl

I wrote the following as a submission for a writing competition – the Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize 2021 – run by the Telegraph. Note: I don’t particularly like the title – suggestions welcome. “The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens” Grace Kelly Today is the first of June – the…

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Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut (1961)

I actually bought this book on a whim whilst browsing in John Sandoe Books – my favourite bookshop. It feels like a welcome challenge to find the book you’re after, likely tucked amongst the packed shelves and tables that balance on warped, creaking wooden floors. You feel triumphant when you do eventually find it and…

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