Voodoo Excess (Rolling with the Stones) by Jeremy Reed

April 21, 2015




Voodoo Excess

(Rolling with the Stones)

by Jeremy Reed

with an introduction by R J Dent


Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed’s latest collection, is a history of the Rolling Stones in verse, prose and prose-poetry.

In Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed chronicles the Stones’ progress from the early days at the Crawdaddy Club in 1962 to the fiftieth anniversary in 2012; he explicates Mick Jagger’s dance steps and his accent; he examines the Rolling Stones’ logo; and the different ways Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood angle their cigarettes; he describes the emotional impact of the Stones’ Hyde Park performance; he details the Redlands bust and the anti-establishment stance and attitude of the band; and he looks unflinchingly at the violence of Altamont and the inevitable death of the summer of love.

Voodoo Excess is far more than a Rolling Stones biography and it is far more than a collection of Rolling Stones-themed poems and prose-poems – what Jeremy Reed has achieved with Voodoo Excess is to provide an incredibly in-depth, up-close and intimate chronicle of the life and times of a group of musicians who have – for fifty years – collectively and individually continued to define the term ‘rock and roll rebels’.


Product details:

Title: Voodoo Excess

Author: Jeremy Reed

Format: Paperback

Pages: 224 pages

Publisher: Enitharmon Press

Published: 12 June 2015

ISBN-10: 1907587500

ISBN-13: 978-1907587504



INTRODUCTION: The Rolling Stones and Jeremy Reed (by R J Dent)







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The Blood Delirium: The Vampire in 19th Century European Literature

November 29, 2014



‘R J Dent’s translations are fresh with an exciting raw sexual edge…’ (Candice Black)


The Blood Delirium is a definitive collection of 19th century European literature in which the vampire or vampirism – both embodied and atmospheric – is featured or evoked. Twenty-three seminal works by classic European authors, covering the whole of that delirious period from Gothic and Romantic, through Symbolism and Decadence to proto-Surrealism and beyond, in a single volume charged with sex, blood and horror.


The Blood Delirium contains a detailed introduction (by editor Candice Black) which not only examines these texts and their meaning, but which also charts the literary and cultural climate in which the new cult of the vampire was allowed to flourish.


The Blood Delirium includes texts by Bram Stoker, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Oscar Wilde, J.M. Rymer, Charles Baudelaire, Le Comte de Lautréamont, Paul Féval, Maurice Rollinat, Guy de Maupassant, Count Stenbock, Jean Lorrain, Théophile Gautier, Charles Nodier, John Polidori, J.K. Huysmans, Charlotte Brontë, Ivan Turgenev, Jan Neruda, Augustus Hare, Cyprien Berard and Léon Bloy.


Several of the texts in The Blood Delirium are translated by R J Dent into English for the very first time, including those by Cyprien Bérard, Paul Féval, and Maurice Rollinat.



The Blood Delirium is the definitive collection for literate vampire-lovers.


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Myth by R J Dent

October 7, 2013

R J Dent’s Myth is a fantasy/horror novel set on a Greek island.
















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Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments

February 15, 2011

 Translated by R J Dent

Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments – translated by R J Dent (ISBN 978-1-906451-53-0)

R J Dent’s sensitive modern English translation of the complete Poems & Fragments of Alcaeus is now available to download onto your Kindle at:




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Alcaeus was a fellow countryman and contemporary of Sappho, and his beautiful and delicate poetry is often overshadowed by Sappho’s reputation. R J Dent has now translated all of Alcaeus’s Poems & Fragments from ancient Greek into lively modern English in an attempt to rescue Alcaeus’s ethereal poetry from obscurity.

There is no other published translation of Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments in existence.


Product Details:

Title: Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments – translated by R J Dent [Paperback Edition]

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-906451-53-0

Title: Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments – translated by R J Dent [Kindle Edition]

e-book ISBN: 978-1-906451-54-7

Translator: R J Dent

© R J Dent (2012)

Language: English 

Pages: 112

Paperback ISBN 978-1-906451-53-0 £7.49.  Orders available to trade and retail customers from http://www.circaidygregory.co.uk or to trade via Nielsen Teleorders. Contact sales@circaidygregory.co.uk for discount and SoR terms.

Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments (in paperback and kindle formats) is now available from Amazon, and in all other eformats from all i-stores. Orders available to trade from Gardners and Baker and Taylor.

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R J Dent’s published works include a novel, Myth; translations of Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil & Artificial Paradise; of Le Comte de Lautréamont’s The Songs of Maldoror; of Alcaeus’s Poems & Fragments; a Gothic novella, Deliverance; a poetry collection, Moonstone Silhouettes, and various stories, articles, essays, poems, etc, in a wide range of magazines, periodicals and journals, including Orbis, Philosophy Now, Acumen and Writer’s Muse. 

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Pauline Baynes and J.R.R. Tolkien

January 25, 2016

Pauline Diana Baynes (9 September 1922 – 1 August 2008) was an English illustrator whose work can be found in more than one hundred books, notably several by J. R. R. Tolkien.


Pauline Baynes was born in Hove, East Sussex. She spent much of her childhood in Farnham, studying at the Farnham School of Art (now the University for the Creative Arts) and eventually attended the Slade School of Fine Art.



She worked for the Ministry of Defence, where she was soon transferred to a map-making department, and where she acquired skills that she later employed when she drew maps of Middle-Earth for J. R. R. Tolkien.


In her obituary for The Daily Telegraph, Charlotte Cory described how Baynes and Tolkien came to be associated:

‘In 1948 Tolkien was visiting his publishers, George Allen & Unwin, to discuss some disappointing artwork that they had commissioned for his novella Farmer Giles of Ham, when he spotted, lying on a desk, some witty reinterpretations of medieval marginalia from the Luttrell Psalter that greatly appealed to him. These, it turned out, had been sent to the publishers ‘on spec’ by the then-unknown Pauline Baynes. Tolkien demanded that the creator of these drawings be set to work illustrating Farmer Giles of Ham and was delighted with the subsequent results, declaring that ‘Pauline Baynes has reduced my text to a commentary on her drawings’. Further collaboration between Tolkien and his Farmer Giles illustrator followed, and a lifelong friendship developed…’


Tolkien wanted Pauline Baynes to illustrate The Lord of the Rings, but the book grew into a huge project that made that particular plan impractical. Nevertheless, Baynes created immaculately drawn and exquisitely coloured versions of the author’s maps of the lands travelled by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

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Baynes’ also designed a slipcase for the three volumes of Tolkien’s epic:

lotr3 slipcase

The slipcase illustrations were later adapted for the cover for the original one-volume 1973 paperback edition – an indispensable prop of the seventies generation – with its evocative landscape of Middle-Earth viewed through a doorway of yellow, over-arching trees.

lotr1 front

lotr2 back

The same designs were used for the 1981 three volumes edition.

lotr123 1981

Eventually, a drawing by Pauline Baynes was used to illustrate Tolkien’s final hobbit piece, the poem, Bilbo’s Last Song:


which appeared as a poster in 1974:


and then as a book in 1990:


Pauline Baynes was for a long while the only Tolkien illustrator of note.


Her work was approved by Tolkien himself, but faded from view as the Tolkien industry began to expand in the late seventies and other artists quickly crowded the field, many of whom lacked Pauline Baynes’ subtlety and sympathy for the material.


Pauline Baynes and J.R.R. Tolkien

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Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

December 6, 2015



Steve Harley is an English singer and songwriter, best known for his work with the band he founded in 1970s, the glam rock group Cockney Rebel, with whom he still occasionally tours.


The Human Menagerie is Cockney Rebel’s debut studio album. It was produced by Neil Harrison, and released by EMI Records in November 1973.







What Ruthy Said

Loretta’s Tale

Crazy Raver


Mirror Freak

My Only Vice

Muriel the Actor


Death Trip


All songs written and composed by Steve Harley




Steve Harley – vocals

Jean-Paul Crocker – electric violin, mandolin, guitar

Milton Reame-James – keyboards

Paul Jeffreys – bass

Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion




The Psychomodo is the second studio album by Cockney Rebel. Produced by Steve Harley and Alan Parsons, it was released by EMI Records in June 1974.






Sweet Dreams


Mr. Soft

Singular Band



Bed in the Corner

Sling It!

Tumbling Down


All songs written and composed by Steve Harley




Steve Harley – vocals

Jean-Paul Crocker – electric violin, mandolin, guitar

Milton Reame-James – keyboards

Paul Jeffreys – bass

Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion



The Best Years of Our Lives is the third album by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel released in March 1975. It was the first album that used Harley’s name ahead of the band (the band was previously known simply as Cockney Rebel). The album contains the band’s biggest hit, the million selling ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’






Introducing The Best Years

The Mad, Mad Moonlight

Mr. Raffles (Man, It Was Mean)

It Wasn’t Me


Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

Back to the Farm

49th Parallel

The Best Years of Our Lives


All songs written and composed by Steve Harley




Steve Harley – vocals

Jim Cregan – guitars, backing vocals

George Ford – bass guitar, backing vocals

Duncan Mackay – synthesizer, keyboards, Hammond organ, electric piano, clavinet, elka, grand piano, violin

Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion, marimba



Timeless Flight is the fourth studio album by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, released in 1976.






Red Is a Mean, Mean Colour – 4:29

White, White Dove – 5:37

Understand – 7:15

All Men Are Hungry – 4:51

Black or White (And Step on It) – 5:48

Everything Changes – 2:23

Nothing Is Sacred – 5:43

Don’t Go, Don’t Cry – 5:04


All songs written and composed by Steve Harley




Steve Harley – lead vocals, producer, liner notes

Jim Cregan – guitars, backing vocals

George Ford – bass guitar, backing vocals

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion



Love’s a Prima Donna is an album by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, released in October 1976. The album reached No. 28 in the UK Albums Chart in November 1976.






Seeking a Love

G.I. Valentine

Finally a Card Came

Too Much Tenderness

(Love) Compared with You

(I Believe) Love’s a Prima Donna

Sidetrack II

Seeking a Love, Pt. 2

If This Is Love (Give Me More)

Carry Me Again

Here Comes the Sun

Innocence and Guilt

Is It True What They Say


All songs written and composed by Steve Harley

except Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison




Steve Harley – vocals, guitar, producer

Jim Cregan – guitar, backing vocals

Jo Partridge – guitar

George Ford – bass, backing vocals

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums



Face to Face: A Live Recording is a live album by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, released in 1977. Following the release of the 1976 studio album Love’s a Prima Donna, the band embarked on a UK tour to promote it. Harley recorded a number of concerts between December 1976 and January 1977 and the best tracks were then sorted for a live album.






Here Comes the Sun

(I Believe) Love’s a Prima Donna

The Mad, Mad Moonlight

Red is a Mean, Mean Colour

Sweet Dreams

Finally a Card Came


If This Is Love (Give Me More)

The Best Years of Our Lives

(Love) Compared with You

Mr. Soft


Seeking a Love

Tumbling Down

Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)


All songs written and composed by Steve Harley

except Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison




Steve Harley – vocals

Jo Partridge – guitar

George Ford – bass guitar

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums



Hobo with a Grin is a debut solo album by Steve Harley. It was released in July 1979, eighteen months after Harley had disbanded Cockney Rebel.






Roll the Dice

Amerika the Brave

Living in a Rhapsody

I Wish It Would Rain

Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)

Someone’s Coming

Hot Youth

(I Don’t Believe) God is an Anarchist

Faith, Hope and Charity




Steve Harley – vocals

Jo Partridge – guitar

George Ford – bass guitar

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums



The Candidate is the second solo studio album by British singer-songwriter Steve Harley released in 1979.





Audience With the Man


Freedom’s Prisoner

Love on the Rocks

Who’s Afraid?

One More Time

How Good It Feels

From Here to Eternity

Young Hearts (The Candidate)




Steve Harley – Vocals, Producer (all tracks), Writer (all tracks)

Yvonne Keeley – Backing Vocals

Jo Partridge, Phil Palmer – Guitar

Nico Ramsden – Guitar, Backing Vocals

John Giblin – Bass

Joey Carbone – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Steve Gregory – Saxophone, Saxophone Arrangement

Stuart Elliott – Drums

Bryn Hawarth – Mandolin (track 1 only)

The English Chorale – Choir (track 3 only)

Robert Howes – Choir Director – Robert Howes (track 3 only)

Jimmy Horowitz – Producer (all tracks), Writer (track 3 only), Celesta (track 2 only)


Yes You Can is the third studio album by British singer-songwriter Steve Harley, released in 1992 within Europe and 1993 in the UK.







Victim of Love

Rain in Venice

Star for a Week (Dino)


Fire in the Night

The Alibi

New-Fashioned Way

The Lighthouse

Dancing on the Telephone




Steve Harley – vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, harmonica, producer

Jim Cregan – acoustic guitar

Alan Darby – guitar

Rick Driscoll – guitar

Harvey Hinsley – guitar

Robin LeMesurier – guitar

Nick Pynn – acoustic guitar, guitar

Barry Wickens – acoustic guitar, violin, viola

Kevin Powell – bass

Adrian Lee – keyboards

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums

Paul Francis – drums

Dave Mattacks – drums



Poetic Justice is the fourth studio album by British singer-songwriter Steve Harley, released in 1996.






That’s My Life in Your Hands

What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?

Two Damn’d Lies


Strange Communications

All in a Life’s Work

Love Minus Zero-No Limit


The Last Time I Saw You

Crazy Love

Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)




Steve Harley – lead vocals, producer

Paul Francis – drums

Andrew Brown – bass, double-bass

Thomas Arnold – Hammond organ, accordion, percussion, piano, keyboards

Ian Nice – piano, keyboards

Nick Pynn – acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, dulcimer, mando-cello

Phil Beer – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bottle-neck guitar, violin, vocals

Richard Durrant – classical guitar on ‘Crazy Love’

Mark Price – drums on ‘Strange Communications’ and ‘The Last Time I Saw You’

Herbie Flowers – double-bass on ‘Strange Communications’

Susan Harvey – vocals



Unplugged is a 1999 live acoustic album by English songwriter and musician Steve Harley.





My Only Vice (Is the Fantastic Prices I Charge for Being Eaten Alive)”

Star for a Week (Dino)

The Best Years of Our Lives

Judy Teen

The Last Time I Saw You

Mr. Soft

(Love) Compared with You

Tumbling Down

Only You

Bed in the Corner

Sling It!

Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)


Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)




Steve Harley – Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Compiler

Nick Pynn – Acoustic Lead Guitar, Dulcimer, Mando-cello, Violin



The Quality of Mercy is a studio album from English rock band Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. Led by Steve Harley, the band’s line-up consisted of new musicians compared to the last Cockney Rebel album. The album was released on CD in the UK and Norway only, through Gott Discs, whilst Pinnacle Records handled the album’s distribution within the UK.






The Last Goodbye

Journey’s End (A Father’s Promise)

Saturday Night at the Fair

No Rain on This Parade

The Coast of Amalfi

The Last Feast

Save Me (From Myself)

When the Halo Slips

A Friend for Life




Vocals, Guitar – Steve Harley

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Robbie Gladwell

Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Backing Vocals – Barry Wickens

Keyboards – James Lascelles

Bass – Lincoln Anderson

Drums – Adam Houghton



Stranger Comes to Town is a studio album from English songwriter and musician Steve Harley. The album was released in 2010 and was Harley’s first studio album in five years, after the Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel album The Quality of Mercy.







Faith & Virtue

Take the Men & the Horses Away

For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn.

Stranger Comes to Town

This Old Man

True Love Will Find You in the End

No Bleeding Hearts

Blinded with Tears

Before They Crash the Universe

2,000 Years from Now




Steve Harley – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

Stuart Elliott – Percussion, Drums, Hand Drums

Robbie Gladwell – 12 String Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals

Barry Wickens – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Violin, Viola, Background Vocals

Lincoln Anderson – Bass, Double Bass

James Lascelles – Piano, Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards, Hammond B3, Synthesizer Strings, Mini Moog, Dulcimer (Hammer), Melodica, Drums

Kerr Nice – Piano

Katie Brine – Background Vocals

Marcus Greenwood, Sam Hewitson, Maisie Colquhoun, Grace Nickalls, Maya Hodgson, Joe Dobson – Choir, Chorus on “2,000 Years from Now” (from Spooner Row Primary School)




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Georges Bataille

November 20, 2015


Georges Bataille (10 September 1897 – 9 July 1962) was a French intellectual and writer working in literature, philosophy, and the history of art. His writings included novels, essays and poetry. His subjects included eroticism, mysticism and transgression.

His fiction includes:

Story of the Eye:

Story of the Eye (L’histoire de l’oeil) is a 1928 short novel that details the increasingly bizarre sexual perversions of a pair of teenage lovers. It is narrated by an unnamed young man looking back on his exploits.



L’Abbé C:

L’Abbé C (1950) is a work of dark eroticism, centred on the relationship between two twentieth century brothers in a small French village, one of whom is a Catholic parish priest, while the other is a libertine. The novel explores issues of split subjectivity, existential angst and bad faith.



Blue of Noon:

Blue of Noon (Le Bleu du Ciel) is an erotic novella. Bataille completed the work in 1935, but it was not published until 1957. The book deals with both incest and necrophilia.


My Mother, Madame Edwarda, The Dead Man:

My Mother is a frank and intense depiction of a young man’s sexual initiation and corruption by his mother, where the profane becomes sacred, and intense experience is shown as the only way to transcend the boundaries of society and morality. Madame Edwarda is the story of a prostitute who calls herself God, and The Dead Man, published in 1964 after Bataille’s death, is a startling short tale of cruelty and desire.


His non-fiction includes:


Eroticism is a collection of essays on taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality. Bataille examines these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ranges from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey; and his subjects include prostitution, mythical ecstasy, cruelty, desire and sexuality.


Literature and Evil:

Literature and Evil is an extraordinary 1957 collection of essays, which begins with Bataille’s assertion that ‘Literature is not innocent. Bataille argues that only by acknowledging literature’s complicity with the knowledge of evil can literature communicate fully and intensely. The literary profiles of eight authors and their work, including Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal and the writings of Sade, Kafka and Sartre, explore subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression.


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August 8, 2015


Skiathos is a small Greek island in the northwest Aegean Sea.


Skiathos is the westernmost island in the Northern Sporades group.


It is located east of the Pelion peninsula in Magnesia on the mainland, and west of the island of Skopelos.


The modern major road on Skiathos runs along the eastern and southern coast.


Narrower roads, some paved and some dirt, reach the interior and the northwest coastline.


There is regular, and during tourist season, very frequent bus transit from the main town to the Koukounaries beach in the southwest. There are three bus routes on the island.


The core route is from the main town to Koukounaries beach which travels along the south coast of the island. There are in total 26 bus stops, with Koukounaries Beach being the last stop, number 26.


This route operates a fleet of five coaches as frequently as five times an hour during the summer peak season throughout the day, but is significantly reduced during the winter.




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Feed the Need by Amanda Hodgson

June 14, 2015

 A review by R J Dent



Feed The Need

by Amanda Hodgson


Amanda Hodgson’s Feed The Need is a book of seven stories that focus on eating disorders, food cravings, hunger, comfort eating, and the psychological and the physical need to feed.


The stories in Feed The Need are one-word titles. With the exceptions of ‘Perfection’ and ‘Succour’, the titles are the names of each story’s protagonist. In this collection we meet ‘Cathy’, ‘Meryl’, ‘Lily’, ‘Shemla’, and ‘Gemma’. Ms Hodgson introduces us to their complicated lives and shows us their food-related strategies for coping with a harsh and complex world.


The best stories in this moving collection shake themselves free of traditional endings and give the protagonists the expansiveness of the interior life, the poetry of feeling, and the blurred edges of personality.


There are cautionary tales here; there are celebratory stories here; there are horror stories here. The stories in Feed The Need are not kind or friendly. They are not escapist fictions. They are, according to the author, ‘Seven sour stories about eating’. It’s an apt description, because these stories will sink their teeth into you and continue to hold on long after you’ve finished reading.


Be warned.


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Feed The Need

by Amanda Hodgson

A review by R J Dent

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The Art of Connection: the Social Life of Sentences by Dr Ian McCormick

April 2, 2015


Dr Ian McCormick’s latest book, The Art of Connection: the Social Life of Sentences is, as the subtitle suggests, a new guide to the art of transition in the English language which offers advice on how to deploy a wide range of connective words in order to improve the flow of ideas.

This book will assist anyone wishing to communicate more effectively in writing. Whether for the reader at school, at university or at work, The Art of Connection is an indispensable source book of essential words, phrases and ideas.

The Art of Connection begins by exploring the social life of sentences. It outlines the ways that connection and disconnection create thought-pathways in the process of composition. The educational psychology behind connection is also outlined. The Art of Connection then examines the relationship between natural flow and communicative improvisation. This dimension is contrasted with the conventions of rhetoric often used effectively in the past by great writers and speechmakers.

Different styles of writing and target audience or reader are also discussed. The Art of Connection also explores links between connection, logic and philosophy. Moving beyond traditional approaches to connection and transition, postmodern and feminist approaches to the question of communication, technique and style are also analysed.

Each chapter deals with the Nine Arts of Connection: Location, Timing, Comparison, Contrast and Difference, the Supplement, Disputation, Sequence, Example and Illustration, and the Summary. Hundreds of practical examples of usage, drawn from the humanities and the sciences, from religion and the social sciences, from law, business and medicine are used illustrate each of the key topics. This book will be essential reading for students of EFL/ESOL/IELTS, for school or university students, and for creative or non-fiction writers working with the English language.

The Art of Connection: the Social Life of Sentences is an invaluable guide to more effective communication in written or spoken English.



1.0 Introduction

1.1 The Social Sentence

1.2 The Use of Connection

1.3 Understanding the Psychology of Transition

1.4 Style, Oratory, Elegance

1.5 The Flow of Spontaneity and Passion

1.6 Power, Rhetoric and Repetition

1.7 The Philosophy of Association

1.8 Beyond the Logic of Connection

1.9 Écriture féminine

1.10 Openings: the Genesis of this Book

2. The Art of Location

3. The Art of Timing

4. The Art of Comparison

5. The Art of Contrast and Difference

6. The Art of the Supplement

7. The Art of Disputation

8. The Art of the Sequence

9. The Art of Example and Illustration

10. The Art of the Summary

Format: Paperback and e-book

File Size: 1039 KB

Print Length: 178 pages

Publisher: Quibble Academic (19 Nov 2013)

Language: English


About the author: 

Dr Ian McCormick served as a Professor at the University of Northampton until 2009. He holds degrees in English Language and Literature (University of St Andrews (M.A.) and a doctorate awarded by the University of Leeds (PhD). His PhD was in the field of English literature and cultural history in the eighteenth century.

Dr McCormick’s work has been featured on the BBC (Radio and TV); in the Times Literary Supplement, The Observer, The Guardian, TimeOut (London), and academic journals.

Dr McCormick has also published and edited books on Gothic literature and Romanticism; modern and contemporary literature; teaching and learning strategies; drama education; and literary, critical and cultural theory; John Dryden and T.S. Eliot; sexuality and gender studies; modern literature; the contemporary Scottish novel; literary/critical/cultural theory. He is currently working on a book about Shakespearean tragedy.

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The Art of Connection: the Social Life of Sentences

by Dr Ian McCormick

Losted by R J Dent

March 4, 2015


We holidayed in Dorset that year. When I say we, I mean me – Luke; my little sister – Beth; my father – Oliver; and my mother – Katherine. Our parents drove our estate car from our home in Brighton to our rented holiday home in Dorset on an overcast day. It took us nearly three hours to get there. By the time we arrived, Beth and I were very tetchy with each other. We pulled into the driveway of our rented cottage and I was the first out of the car, looking the place over, checking it out for potentially interesting things to do, to see, or places to explore.

          It was a two-storey, three-bedroom stone cottage. There were four such cottages, and the one that was ours for the week was number four – on the far right end, and overlooking meadows and fields. It looked good.

          I was about to go off exploring, when my father called me back and insisted I help unpack the car. I ran back and forth, emptying things out of the car, carrying items into the cottage, putting them in the relevant rooms – making sure I did my bit to help. After being designated a bedroom, I stowed my stuff away in the wardrobe and the drawers, and looked out of the window into a flint-walled garden that looked interestingly overgrown – and which seemed to lead onto a meadow via a metal-banded wooden gate. Across the meadow I could see a stream overhung with willow trees. Beyond the meadow was a field, a small copse, and past that a path that lead towards the beach. About a mile in the distance I could see the sea. It was a slate-grey colour. Read more…




Copyright © R J Dent 2015



Can I Please Have My Star Back? by R J Dent

January 20, 2015

An extract from an abandoned science fiction novel.


by R J Dent


As I drove past the crashed spaceship, I started thinking about how we (as a race) very soon accept things as they have become – and even start to take certain strange things for granted.

Eleven years ago it had crashed there. Not one single person had actually seen it crash, but everyone for miles around had heard it. It had screamed out of the sky at three in the morning, on the one and only morning in the history of the world when absolutely everyone was asleep. There had been no solitary night prowlers, no 24-hour café or shop workers, no out-with-dog walkers, no tea-breaking shift workers, no shop-doorway sleeping tramps, no passing through long-distance lorry drivers, no anybody at all to witness its Icarus-like descent from the skies, or its mighty crash into and onto the decrepit Odeon cinema. The cinema had been showing the new print of The Day the Earth Stood Still that week, so obviously there were a few news people who had said it was all a publicity stunt that had gone badly wrong. Later, of course, that particular theory was seen to be the first example of the desperate answer-groping that seemed to grip everyone over the next year or so. Read more…

Can I Please Have My Star Back?

Copyright (c) R J Dent 2009



On Translating Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal into English – by R J Dent

January 10, 2015

flowers of evil - r j dent - baudelaire

One of the frustrations, the challenges, the problems – and probably the joys – of translating Baudelaire’s poetry is choosing the correct idiom to translate into.

Taking the words, sentences, phrases, lines, from the language of one country and translating them into the corresponding or equivalent language of another country is the type of work that can be done by almost anyone.

However, choosing the absolutely perfect cultural, social, geographical, spatial, historical, temporal and linguistic framework to put the translated words onto is another matter entirely, and will very much depend on the translator’s intentions and the receptive vocabulary of the proposed readership.

And when it’s poetry that is being translated, the task becomes even more complicated; the problems suddenly multiply. Read more…


On Translating Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal into English

Copyright (c) R J Dent (2007)



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