Reading to the dormitory

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Re: Reading to the dormitory

Post by michael scuffil » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:56 am

J.R. wrote:I am currently reading '50 Shades of Grey'. (a present to 'Er Indoors').

A literary classic it will NEVER be. Good luck to the author for making a fortune - God knows how.

Erotic in places but as an example of Englishish literature, a complete and utter disaster.
I picked up a copy in a bookshop and leafed through it while waiting for someone (honest!) and can only agree with you.
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Re: Reading to the dormitory

Post by ColeridgeA40 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:07 pm

sorry Michael Scuffil, I put "Austin" brackets because that was his nickname to differentiate him from the other Mr Jones as you correctly said, but it was not his middle name - he had an Austin car - he went to Carcanet press to publish poetry and he dropped the Austin of course then.
Also it WAS Ayesha, which is a different book than She also by H Rider Haggard, as it She and Alan etc I have both books at home.

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Post by michael scuffil » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:19 pm

He was PAJ: and this, as far as I know, stood for Peter Austin Jones. (If anyone knows better, tell us.)

I defer, of course, on Ayesha.
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Re: Reading to the dormitory

Post by J.R. » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:20 pm

michael scuffil wrote:He was PAJ: and this, as far as I know, stood for Peter Austin Jones. (If anyone knows better, tell us.)

I defer, of course, on Ayesha.

That is absolutely correct, Michael.
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Post by michael scuffil » Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:14 pm

If you look on google books or amazon under Peter Jones' Carcanet books (he authored a few), you'll find that although he didn't use the name Austin on the title pages, the author's full name is given as 'Jones, Peter Austin'.
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Post by keibat » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:42 pm

I had understood that PAJ's middle name was actually Augustine, but that he shortened it to the (traditional) abbreviated Austin when he adopted it for regular use to distinguish him from the other Mr Jones.

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Re: Reading to the dormitory

Post by michael scuffil » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:02 am

keibat wrote:I had understood that PAJ's middle name was actually Augustine, but that he shortened it to the (traditional) abbreviated Austin when he adopted it for regular use to distinguish him from the other Mr Jones.
I thought that was a saintly fantasy (Hippo or Canterbury?).

But assuming that PAJ himself doesn't look into this forum (I think he's still alive), perhaps Michael Schmidt does, and will give us a definitive answer.
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