We’re all too young to remember this joke from ITMA. Posh lady: ‘There’s nothing my little Jimmy likes better than snuggling up in front of the fire with Enid Blyton.’ Louche voice: ‘Beats reading any day.’ Authors are often conflated with their books, sometimes through ignorance. In the Middle Ages...

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Today is the 131st anniversary of Wilkie Collins’s death. Wilkie Collins in Hollandsche illustratie, 1 May 1871. Reproduced in P.L. Tissot van Patot, Wilkie Collins: Bibliographic overview of the Dutch language translations (The Hague, 2017). Awaiting shelfmark Collins was well known in the Low Countries during his lifetime. His novels...

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