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Sophie Hannah follows the Dalai Lama

Sunday, 22 March, 2015

Hercule Poirot is enjoying a quiet supper in London when a terrified young woman approaches and confides to him that she is about to be murdered. Oddly, she begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she says, justice will have been done. The Monogram Murders is the first new Hercule Poirot novel to be authorised by the Agatha Christie estate and it was published last year. The author is Sophie Hannah, one of Britain’s favourite poets, and her new collection of verse, which will be published in May, is titled Marrying the Ugly Millionaire. Here’s a topical snippet:

The Dalai Lama on Twitter

I am following the Dalai Lama on Twitter
But the Dalai Lama is not yet following me.
That’s fine. Things are as they are. I do not feel bitter.
Enlightenment is his thing. Reciprocity?
Not so much. He is a spiritual big-hitter
And I write detective novels. It’s easy to see
Why I’m following the Dalai Lama on Twitter
And the Dalai Lama is not yet following me.

Sophie Hannah

Note: The Dalai Lama has 10.6 million followers on Twitter, which makes him the 101st most-followed person on the network. Kathy Perry, in comparison, has 67.1 million followers and is the Queen of Twitter.


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