After a long day’s work a sprinkling of Radleians gathered in the warmth of the Panelled Room to witness the time-honoured tradition of ‘Jackanory’. Mr May was the guest speaker for the evening, bringing with him his usual air of calm (and a rather vicious pug).
The eager group sat on the edge of their bean bags as Mr May read from ‘Fup’ by Jim Dodge. Uninterrupted, we were able to enter the world of Fup. Slowly we were taken by the mists of time and space into another time and another place. Mr. May brought to life the flamboyant and immortal Grandaddy Jake and his grandson Tiny.
Soon enough we were able to smell the very rooms he was describing and breathe the very air the characters inhabited. ’The Times’ described the novel best, calling it “Fupped Uck”; we were able to read two chapters and were given copies if we wanted to read on further.
In the busy days of Radley life it was relieving to escape this world for half an hour.
The next Jackanory will be the Halloween edition on 31st Oct, read by Mr Cox.
Report by Whit Cook, A Social, Remove.