2.) The book - fans of the Mapp and Lucia series by E.F. Benson will be pleased to know that another sequel has been written by Guy Fraser-Sampson (also known as Pursewarden). His Major Benjy really caught the spirit of the original series (my thoughts here) and, if we can't have Benson writing new books, then Guy Fraser-Sampson is second best. And although these things shouldn't matter, I'm glad that he's been given a lovely cover this time around - for Lucia on Holiday. If you're quick, you might be able to hear Guy talk about it about on Radio 4's Open Book. Lucia on Holiday is published on 29th March.
3.) The blog link - is Trevor's fantastic review of Tove Jansson's The Summer Book, on his site The Mookse and the Gripes. If you've yet to be convinced to try it out, I think he might just do the trick.