Turtle Diary:  Book by Russell Hoban, but I was watching the 1980s film version, starring Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley.

The book has many details left out of the film, but the film is also full of details not in the book.  Neaera H stirs her tea with the handle of a dodgy spoon.  William G holds the steering wheel of the van in a death grip, peering through huge lenses.  And doesn’t the M4 look empty?  Wrings the heart, warms the cockles, teases out of thought.

“Bum a ride on the turtles?”

“Isn’t that what we’re doing?”

“I don’t know, I hadn’t really thought.”

“No, I hadn’t thought either.  Makes a change, doesn’t it?”

My ancient VHS tape is starting to go, and I can’t find a DVD version to buy, so what will I do then?

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