Re-Reading ‘Edith’s Diary’ by Patricia Highsmith: A Fascinating Psychological Thriller

I read a few of Patricia Highsmith’s novels and some of her short stories when I was in my late teens and early twenties. I remember her as an astute writer, with a sense of grim comedy, an extraordinary sense of the complexities of the darker sides of the human psyche, and the ability to … Continue reading Re-Reading ‘Edith’s Diary’ by Patricia Highsmith: A Fascinating Psychological Thriller

Some Thoughts on a Forgotten Classic: ‘This is the Schoolroom’ by Nicholas Monsarrat.

I have just finished reading Nicholas Monsarrat’s ‘This is the Schoolroom.’  It’s just under 450 pages long in the version I read – no short read. No guesses for where I first saw it – back as a teenager,  on my parents’ bookshelves – though this was a book deliberately bought, not one come by … Continue reading Some Thoughts on a Forgotten Classic: ‘This is the Schoolroom’ by Nicholas Monsarrat.