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ABC TALES VIRTUAL READING EVENT - NOW ON YOUTUBE!

Thanks to Mark Burrow's tecchie skills, you can now see the ABC Tales Virtual Reading Event on our YouTube channel!

Edvard Radzinsky (2000) Rasputin, The Last Word, translated from the Russian by Judosn Rosengrant.

At just over 650 pages this offers a comprehensive account of Grigory Efimovich Rasputin’s life and deaths. Deaths—plural. Most of us are familiar with the legend that Rasputin was poisoned, shot and finally drowned. His bound hands still clawing underneath the ice. Radzinsky takes the reader through different versions, but with the same outcome. Rasputin was murdered. The question of why he was murdered in much the same way that the tsar,...

JUSTICE

The Story of JP Brown

One Page Won't Do!

Way back in the music history of the 1980s, a lady called Audrey Hall had a one-hit-wonder with a song called 'One Dance Won't Do'. You may remember it? If not, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pbWf5tb_CA I've come to the conclusion that I can sympathise with her! Not in terms of dancing, one dance with me would be more than enough for anyone! No, I'm thinking, instead, about readers and, in particular, a couple who have...

Lena Dunham (2014) Not That Kind Of Girl.

‘A young woman tells you what she’s “learned”. Learned is kinda ironic, I guess. I’m Scottish, not sure who Lena Dunham is, but it tells me on the cover she’s the Creator and Star of HBO’s Girls . That helps. I imagine it’s a successful comedy franchise in America and it involves Girls. When I check her biography I find her show has won a stack of international awards and she has too. Lucky her. I guess that goes with the territory of the...

CERASUS Latest

The 2020 Cerasus Poetry Olympics took place as scheduled in July and the final results were: Gold Medal - Mark Kilburn Silver Medal - Sophie Norton Bronze Medal - John Gallas Laurel Wreath - India Halstead Poetry collections by each of the winners will be published in due course, plus a special souvenir compilation featuring the best poems by all entrants. Regular ABCtales will recognise that the Gold Medal Winner is aka Kilb50. *** CERASUS...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Another wonderful selection to choose from this week. Thank you to everyone who's posted something. Big congratulations to winking_tiger for 'Green' which is our Poem of the Week, with a very honourable mention for ralph's 'Bucks from a Cuban' Story of the Week goes to Sean McNulty for 'Something You'll Have to Live With' - and again honourable mentions to rosaliekempthorne for "Gideon Gunther' and to Mark Say for 'You Were Made For Me' Read...

LIFE, THE UNIVERSE & EVERYTHING

'Adhere To Your Principles And Value All Men Equally'

Robert A.Caro (2012) The Years of Lyndon Johnson, volume 4, The Passage of Power.

We’re all aware that with great power comes great responsibility, after all these were the lines mouthed by Batman with the pointy ears before he jumped off a tall building. The moron’s moron, who anybody with any sense would like to see jumping from a tall building, reaches new lows in grasping one and abdicating the other. But that’s another story unless the moron’s moron stumbles into an Armageddon strategy to remain power, a historical aside...

Kevin Crowe (2020) No Home In This World

In these six short stories Kevin Crowe favours the fallen and the vulnerable. I like that he takes on difficult themes. Involuntary incest. Involuntary and false imprisonment. Deported gay refugee, who can’t prove who he is or what he is. A Mary and Martha story, a soldier that loses his wife and gives up on life, but finds another partner. Historical romp and misunderstanding of the slave trade. And gay, coming-of-age in the age of AIDs,...

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