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Squeaky the Spiky Survivor

The French have a delightful expression: ‘Il pleut comme une vache qui pisse,’ which perfectly describes the conditions of a July day earlier this year,

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Creepy (True!) Story

Seven years before my mother was born, my grandfather, Robert Deans, took a job in the Transvaal on a farm which belonged to a doctor’s

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My Brother, the Record Setter

Many siblings have a long-established rivalry, but my brother and I get along famously, probably because we balance each other out. He’s competitive; I couldn’t

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Books on Location

The setting of a book is sometimes so powerful that it assumes a persona, becoming a character in its own right. Think of Dickens’s London

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