Archive: Jan 2012

Birdsong – Part Two

Birdsong - BBC Television adaptation

Despite my misgivings about the first part of the BBC adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong, I still had fairly high hopes for the second half. Okay, there was a lot to cram in to one episode, but at least it would mainly focus around Stephen Wraysford, his comrades and their reactions, rather than the slightly […]

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Katharine Tynan

Katharine Tynan

Born on January 23rd 1861 at Whitehall Dairy Farm in Clondalkin, County Dublin, Katharine Tynan was the seventh child of Andrew Cullen Tynan and his wife Elizabeth (née O’Reilly). A Catholic family, which eventually numbered twelve children, the Tynans were dairy farmers, although Andrew Tynan was also an entrepreneur. Following her education at the Dominican […]

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Birdsong Review – Part One

Birdsong bbc-tv adaptation

PLEASE NOTE: This article contains spoilers because it is based not just on the BBC adaptation, but on the story as a whole. I began watching the BBC’s adaptation of Birdsong as not the world’s greatest fan of this novel, or its author, but with fairly high hopes, based on the trailers that have been […]

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The Kaiser’s Yanks

The Kaiser's Yanks by Gary C Warne

The Kaiser’s Yanks by Gary C Warne Publisher: Publishing Success Online (Part of Richardson Publishing Inc.) Available on Amazon in UK at £9.50 As the centenary of the First World War approaches, that topic and its participants seem to be providing a rich source of material for authors and writers alike (not to mention dramatists, […]

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