In praise of Tolstoy

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We do not think of Tolstoy as a comic writer, but his genius permits him to write farce when it suits him. There is a wickedly funny scene in Anna Karenina that directly precedes the painful scenes leading to Anna’s suicide. It takes place in the drawing room of the Countess Lydia Ivanovna, who, almost […]

Your child’s story

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Firstly, my confession. Many years ago I was forever daydreaming of playing for my favourite soccer club. When I put on my school strip, including the garters with the the silk ribbons to hold up my striped socks, I imagined I was turning out for Manchester City. I was momentarily transported to a fantasy world […]