Literary Limerick No. 5

So, how did I choose which novel was to feature in my Literary Limerick No. 5? Well, I met Horatio Clare at a Ryedale Book Festival event last month. We were both on the same bill – a nature-themed day in Scampston Walled Garden. And what a jolly interesting chap Horatio turned out to be!There was an array of his books on sale at the festival bookstall. Being a bird person, I bought the one with a bird in the title: A Single Swallow.

Now, I’m not a travel-book person. Or rather, I didn’t think I was. But Horatio’s book about following the route swallows take from Africa to here was so exquisitely written, so beguiling and entrancing, that I’m going to have to revise my opinion of travel writing!

One of the countries Horatio – and the swallows – visit on their journey is Algeria. Which led me to the book for my next literary limerick. It’s a novel set in Algeria. Can you guess which novel it is?

Did you get it?

I share Horatio’s sentiment: ‘Like so many who are first taught to read French through the strong simplicity of Albert Camus, Algeria to me was Camus’ country.’

If only La Peste didn’t seem so relevant to the times we find ourselves living in …

On a lighter note, try your hand at more of my Literary Limericks here.

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Literary Limerick No. 3

Today’s literary limerick was inspired by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s visit to York Festival of Ideas yesterday. He was talking about his new book on Zola. The novel in today’s literary limerick isn’t a Zola novel, but it is a French novel that Michael Rosen knows well.

How do I know he knows it? Because it was my parents who taught it to him when he was doing A-level French at school, and they were his teachers.

Here’s the limerick. Can you guess the novel?

In a comment to this blog some years back, Michael Rosen said that studying this book and ‘La Symphonie Pastorale’ with them was: ‘Some of the best education I ever had’.

Stop press: The limerick got the Michael Rosen seal of approval on Twitter!

Here is Michael Rosen with my mum, after yesterday’s York Festival of Ideas event. During the event, he let the audience know she was there, and they gave her a round of applause!

Michael Rosen with his former French teacher, my Mum.

Michael Rosen at York Festival of Ideas with his former French teacher, my Mum.

It’s good to know, when you’re 85, that your former pupils remember you, and that you made a difference to their lives.

Meanwhile, if you’ve got the literary limerick bug, check out my literary limerick page. Can you name the books featured there?

Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz – Bringing poetry to life