shamefully i didn't know about the artist leonora carrington until she died. i subsequently read an article by sam leith in the guardian about how a friend had given him a copy of her novel the hearing trumpet many years ago and it had quickly become one of his favourite novels. i read it immediately and i think it may have become one of mine, too. it is quite quite bonkers without seeming at all random. whimsical, tough, fey, dark, camp, funny. it starts with an old lady going into a nursing home and ends with... well, read it and find out.