Rather more PC are the concerns of Michael Gibson's A Hymn to Heald Mill, a collection of poems extolling nature and protesting about plans to build a second runway at Manchester's Ringway airport. The poems are reproduced in Gibson's dainty copperplate, written with a quill pen. Clearly a character, he lives in a Romany caravan and once tried to get the inspector to accept a tune on his tin whistle as a valid submission to the runway inquiry. "You must persuade me how playing a tin whistle would help the inquiry," said the inspector, and you can see the poor man's point.
Proceeds from the 1918 edition of The Fox's Prophecy were gratefully received by the Red Cross, who declined this time round. For their 125th anniversary they have their own fund-raiser, I Owe My Life... (Bloomsbury, £15.99), a history of the organisation with contributions from the likes of Nigel Havers, Shirley Williams and Rula Lenska.
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