Saint George and the Dragon: A Mummers Play by John Langstaff & David Gentleman
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Saint George and the Dragon: A Mummers Play by John Langstaff & David Gentleman

Not long after I moved to Wiltshire, I was in the local pub for some Christmas drinks. The establishment had recently been tastefully redecorated to suit incomers like myself, all traces of its long history as a rough locals’ boozer expunged. Halfway through the evening, a gang of bizarrely dressed fellows crashed into the bar unannounced. … Continue reading

Once in Royal David’s City by Harold Jones and Kathleen Lines
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Once in Royal David’s City by Harold Jones and Kathleen Lines

I picked up this telling of the Christmas story on the recommendation of Colin West, a brilliant children’s illustrator with exquisite taste to match. Illustrated by the great Harold Jones, a contemporary of Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, Once in Royal David’s City is the follow up to his most successful work, (also with Kathleen … Continue reading

High Street by Eric Ravilious
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High Street by Eric Ravilious

There can’t be many children’s books that explain exactly how to get served in the pub. ‘If you want ordinary beer you ask for “bitter”. Usually there are also two kinds of ale, mild ale and old ale (which also called Burton), and you can order a mixture of any two, such as “old and mild” or “bitter and Burton”.’ Got that kids? Mine’s a Burton and Red Bull. Continue reading