In 2021, I have three resolutions: write (and post) at least one blog post every week; buy no clothes for myself (my birthday present is being delivered today); spend no more than £30 a month on books.

The leaves have fallen off the trees; Britain (and Korea) are now in the deep midwinter; our tomato plants are long gone. Tomatoes, however, are probably grown around the year in Chile, if you consider what Neruda said:

In December,
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The trope of Lady Macbeth is well-worn—a strong woman behind the scenes propping up a weak husband with power. And it is easy to dismiss The Diary of an MP’s Wife as the score-settling of an embittered wife who did not manage to crown her husband—...