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kandinsky.jpg I'm Talking January

I know Christmas is so close now you can almost smell the disappointment of opening your big Christmas present only to discover that it is a Prue Leith endorsed birthing pool, but we really have to talk about what comes afterwards. I’m talking January. It’s by far the worst of all months – what with its bills, freezing cold weather and lack of mince pies – and you need to start planning now in order to get through it. To that end I recommend books and funny ones at that. Sort yourself out with Stella Gibbons’ ‘Cold Comfort Farm’ and John Kennedy Toole’s ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’. ‘Cold Comfort Farm’ was written in 1932 but this parody of the then popular rural pot-poiler is still citrus sharp and absolutely hilarious. ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ was written a bit later (1963) but it wasn’t actually published until 1980 (after the author had tragically committed suicide in 1969, aged 31). It details the quixotic exploits of Ignatius J. Reilly – a slobbish and delusional eccentric – as he tries to find a job in New Orleans. Either of these two are guaranteed life-savers and if you get a particularly bad case of the January blues then I’d recommend a double dose. (Note: This is the last Little Crack of 2018. We’ll be back in 2019 – 2019! Imagine…)