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The Dragon is keen to keep abreast of published OD writing and books about ODs.
Here are publishers’ descriptions of books recieved by the OD Office in the last year or two.
subject. Intriguingly, her diaries
always pay special attention to
any green shoots where Pinter’s
writing is concerned, perhaps
a consequence of a biographer
living with an artist and
observing the process first hand.”
A Week at the Airport –
A Heathrow Diary
Alain de Botton
(OD 1982)
Profile Books, 2009
“If you were asked to take a
Martian to visit a single place that
captures all the themes running
through the modern world –
from our faith in technology to
our destruction of nature, from
our interconnectedness to our
romanticising of travel – then you
would almost certainly have to
head to an airport. Airports, in all
their turmoil, interest and beauty
are the imaginative centres of our
civilization.”
Must You Go? My Life
with Harold Pinter
Antonia Fraser
(OD 1944)
Orion Books, 2010
Must You Go
is based partly
on Antonia Fraser’s own
diaries, which she has kept
since October 1968 when she
suffered withdrawal symptoms
after finishing her first historical
biography,
Mary Queen of Scots.
Antonia Fraser has also used
her own recollections, both
immediate reactions (she always
writes her diary the next morning
unless otherwise stated) and
memories. She has quoted Pinter
where he told her things about his
past, once again noting the source,
and has occasionally quoted his
friends talking to her on the same
From a Clear Blue
Sky, Surviving the
Mountbatten Bomb
Timothy Knatchbull
(OD 1978)
Hutchinson, 2009
“On the August bank holiday
weekend in 1979, fourteen-year
old Timothy Knatchbull went
out on a boat trip off the shore
of Mullaghmore in County Silgo,
Ireland. It was a trip that would
cost four lives – and change his
own forever.
The IRA bomb that exploded
in their boat killed Knatchbull’s
grandfather Lord Mountbatten,
his grandmother, Lady Brabourne,
his twin brother Nicholas, and
local teenager Paul Maxwell. In
telling this story for the first time,
Knatchbull is not only revisiting
the terrible events he and his
family lived through, but also
writing an intensely personal
account of human triumph over
tragedy.
In
From a Clear Blue Sky
,
Timothy Knatchbull reveals a
story of courage and fortitude as
he, his family and their English
and Irish friends dealt with the
shocking assassinations and their
aftermath. Taking place in Ireland
at the height of the Troubles, it
gives a compelling insight into that
period of Irish history. But more
importantly it brings home that
although tragedy can strike at any
moment, the human spirit is able
to recover and evolve over time.”
The Behaviour of Moths
Poppy Adams
(OD 1985)
Virago, 2008
“From her lookout on the first
floor, Ginny watches and waits
for her younger sister Vivien
to return to the crumbling
mansion that was once their
idyllic childhood home. Vivien
has not set foot in the house
since she left 47 years ago;
Ginny, the reclusive moth
expert, has rarely ventured
outside it.
Only the attic remains
untouched. There, collected
over several generations, the
walls are lined with pinned and
preserved moths…
Bordered Beauties and
Rusty Waves, Feathered
Footmen and Great Brocades,
the Gothic and the Stranger…
With Vivien’s arrival, long
forgotten memories are stirred
up, and the secrets that have
separated the sisters threaten
to disrupt much more than
Ginny’s carefully ordered world.
Told through Ginny’s
unforgettable voice, this
brilliant debut novel tells us
what families are capable of
doing to each other- especially
in the name of love.”
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The Best of Pugh
Jonathan Pugh
(OD 1975)
Virgin Books, 2007
“Jonathan Pugh has been drawing
cartoons professionally for
twenty years, but it wasn’t until
his distinctive doodles started
appearing in
The Times
that he
became a household name. He
has confidently satirised every
controversial topic of the last
twelve years, from grammar
schools to bird flu, the Great
British weather to Tony Blair’s
arrival at and departure from
Number Ten. Now, for the first
time, this collection brings
together Pugh’s funniest creations.”
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