Tag Archives: 1960s

Elspeth Huxley: The Merry Hippo

A Royal Commission has been assembled to consider the road to independence for Hapana, a Protectorate leaving the British Empire. As part of their pre-conference research, they are staying at the Merry Hippo in Happy Landings, a pleasant town owned by a … Continue reading

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John D. MacDonald: The Deep Blue Good-by

I am wary of a lot of other things, such as plastic credit cards, payroll deductions, insurance programmes, retirement benefits, savings accounts, Green Stamps, time clocks, newspapers, mortgages, sermons, miracle fabrics, deodorants, check lists, time payments, political parties, lending libraries, … Continue reading

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Lionel Davidson: The Rose of Tibet

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‘I understand it’s a fine place. they’re very comfortable there. They have good food, doctors, everything. It’s actually a monastery for women. What they call it, is Yamdring.’

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Margery Allingham: The Allingham Case-book

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So I was all set to submit this for the #1947book challenge, when I noticed that rather than Mr Campion’s Casebook (1947), I had been reading The Allingham Case-book (1969). Still, that’s no bad thing if you like her short stories. … Continue reading

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Peter Dickinson: A Pride of Heroes (aka The Old English Peep Show)

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Last week I reviewed The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest, Peter Dickinson’s CWA 1968 gold dagger winning debut, and a lovely book. With 1969’s A Pride of Heroes, Dickinson won the dagger again, and even better for his career, made himself eligible for … Continue reading

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Peter Dickinson: The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest

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I’ve wanted to read this book for years, but was finally spurred to buy it by my need to read the next in the series for the 1969 challenge (A Pride of Heroes coming up soon). The set-up is certainly … Continue reading

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Gavin Lyall: Shooting Script

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Shooting Script Gavin Lyall First published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton, 1966 This edition, Pan Books, 1968 ISBN: 330020595 235 pages Source: Unnamed bookshop, Cromer I found this at a lovely little bookshop at 36 Church Street, Cromer. It appears to have no … Continue reading

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Len Deighton: The Ipcress File

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The Ipcress File Len Deighton First published in the UK 1962 by Hodder and Stoughton 288 pages This edition Harper; New Impression edition (1 Oct. 2009) ISBN: 9780586026199 Source: Norwich Millennium Library I knew all about Jay except how to ask him to sell me a … Continue reading

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Nicolas Freeling: Double-Barrel

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Double-Barrel Nicolas Freeling First published by Victor Gollancz, UK, 1964 This edition Penguin Books 1967 ISBN: 0140025855 Cover design by Robert Hollingsworth Source: City Books Norwich ‘You have acquired a professionalism, a competence – and the usual police skills. But … Continue reading

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Robert van Gulik: Necklace and Calabash

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Necklace and Calabash Robert van Gulik First published in 1967 by Heinemann This edition University of Chicago Press, 1992 ISBN: 9780226848709 152 pages Judge Dee was a real historical figure who lived in China from 630 to 700AD, under the T’ang dynasty. He … Continue reading

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