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Sorry, this article is utter nonsense

I do apologise Hastings. I recognise that Michael Short is far better known as a pianist and composer, and known above all for his most excellent biography of Gustav Holst. I also know that Elaine Short is a very sensible textile artist but to me, at this time of year, whenever I think of Michael and Elaine, I can’t help thinking ‘Nonsense’.

The Shorts have entertained many of us over the years with their most excellent brand of nonsense, and what could be a more joy-filled Christmas gift than a copy of their book, ‘Utter Nonsense in Hastings’?

Utter Nonsense book cover

(I do apologise, yet again, to those who mistook the title of this book for an instruction, and have been uttering nonsense in Hastings ever since).

Lucy O'Finner: one of Elaine Short's illustrations

Well – here’s one thing that might be a better Christmas gift – how about the book and a CD of the Shorts’ musical nonsense? Based on recordings of a concert they gave at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, the CD is a jazzy presentation of works by Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and others, rendered with a musical seriousness that’s guaranteed to get you giggling.

The Nonsense CD

Each year, just for the festive season, Circaidy Gregory Press offers the book and the CD together for a bargain, Christmas price…

Utter Nonsense book and CD: Christmas offer £12

Buy the book at Foyles

Or contact me to order your book and CD offer for Christmas.

It’s all utter nonsense, but you’ll love it!