Posted in May 2015

That Hideous Strength by CS Lewis

This is the third in C.S. Lewis’s Science Fiction trilogy but unlike the first two books which were set on Mars and Venice respectively, this book is set on Earth shortly after the book was written in 1945,  in Edgestow – a Midland University town (possibly modelled on Durham). The protagonists are Jane and Mark, … Continue reading

Now Voyager (1941), by Olive Higgins Prouty

“Oh Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon!  We have the stars!” (Hodder and Stoughton edition, 1943, p.222). If you love classic movies, these words will resonate.  Bette Davis says them to Paul Henreid at the end of Now Voyager (1942), as he puts two cigarettes in his mouth, lights both and hands one to … Continue reading