Friday, October 14, 2011

Reading matters


This video reminds me how many years have passed since I was a regular visitor to the Frankfurt Book Fair... exactly thirty years, to be precise. The book fair was always a tiring grind for exhibitors and I well recall long treks across the vast complex of the fair grounds... often through rain and even, when October played dirty tricks, through sleet... in order to visit different sections of the show. 

I'm just finishing the quite droll book by former Member of Parliament, Giles Brandreth. I picked it up after hearing the author announcing on a BBC Radio 4 show that he is about to play the role of Lady Bracknell in a musical version of The Importance Of Being Earnest. I think that performance might be even more diverting than his books. 

I'm not sure how I feel about Wilde being cast by Brandreth as a detective, albeit with Arthur Conan Doyle as his side-kick. For me he remains the genius who wrote the play in which I had huge fun as an actor back in the day. My 'Algernon Moncrieff'... well, I tried hard! 

1 comment:

Lady Bracknell said...

That was such fun.