. . . where we spent last weekend. Deal is where Rayner Heppenstall, avant-garde (well more or less) novelist, translator of Raymond Roussel, Catholic convert, eccentric diarist and so on, lived the last part of his life, dying here in 1981. His diary apparently displays an obsessive concern with the details of daily routine. You can already see it in his memoir ‘Four Absentees’, the one book of his I have read. Blogging might have suited him rather well . . .