What's the best title for a book about knitting? Superneedles? Or Bring Knit On?
A flinchin is a deceitful promise of better weather. Skub is hazy clouds driven by the wind. And a ciabhar
is a slight breeze, just enough to stir the hair.
In his notebooks, the ever-inventive Raymond Chandler kept a list of possible titles for books, all of which we think deserve to be written.
DEGOTTEX: Sought to reveal self-sufficient personal vision spontaneously; DORFLES: Born in Trieste, lived in Milan; ENGEL-PAK: A chequered career as a young man.
'He sipped like a hummingbird drinking dew from a curled leaf; his face was long enough to wrap twice around his neck.'
'He had weary eyes that made it tempting to identify him with the melancholy narrators of his books, but he also had a gentle amiability and wry sense of humour.'
'She came to us from Kansas City with smoke in her habit, shorn hair glinting copper. She came with her guitar and her firm belief in penance and her expertise in all things eschatological.'