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November 2, 2021

I know I said I was going to try to write something every day this month, but some days are better than others for writing. Not much time before I have to head off for my walk with Georgie and Joe today, so this is going to be fairly short.

This Sunday (on Monday) dinner was shared with T J Radcliffe, who’s written a trilogy of books, set on the Gulf islands and the surrounding water in a post-human world where mammals and birds have learnt to speak to one another.

Cedar Island Dreams is the first in the trilogy and features A Very Big Adventure (including pursuit by pirate wolves!) for Anforth, the raccoon, and his friends Crow and Flutesam, the otter. 

It’s a fairly short read and really quite delightful. I’m looking forward to diving in to the other two. 

I’m sure the author (better known to me as Tom – a very philosophical bloke) conceived the three books as some sort of deeply meaningful analogy after humans have flooded their cities and disappeared. And I’m sure I could figure it out if I really tried, but as a childhood Winnie the Pooh fan, I simply wallowed in the enjoyment of meeting such delightful animal characters. There’s definitely a touch of Pooh in Anforth, of Tigger in Flutesam and Eeyore in Crow.

If you’ve been paying attention, you may be wondering why the name Tom Radcliffe sounds familiar. If you’ve been paying very close attention, you might remember that, yes, indeed he was Will Shakespeare in my online play, A Divine Comedy. A very talented guy.

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