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PostPosted: 28 Sep 2016, 16:31 
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Not sure if she's been mentioned on here, but I really like Clara Benson's Angela Marchmont books. I'm currently reading the in her spin-off series and am really enjoying it (so far, an inebriated young man has had to pull body around in a toy wagon) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blackmail-Belgravia-Freddy-Pilkington-Soames-Adventure-ebook/dp/B01LLZ72Y4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1475076696&sr=1-1

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PostPosted: 28 Sep 2016, 17:59 
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Funnily enough, I've just finished the first Angela Marchmont book (The Murder at Sissingham Hall), mrs helston, and quite enjoyed it! I got it free on Kindle though it's still only 99p so not a massive investment for anyone who likes 'cosy crime'.

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I've just started reading Daniel Deronda. Rather ashamed to say it's my first George Eliot book, hopefully not the last.

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I've just started reading Daniel Deronda. Rather ashamed to say it's my first George Eliot book, hopefully not the last.


I have to say this isn't my favourite George Eliot. Hope you enjoy it though.


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I love Daniel Deronda, second only to Middlemarch. There was an excellent adaptation of DD which pops up occasionally on 4extra, well worth listening to.
George Eliot is one of those authors I would really love to have met and talked to, what a woman.


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PostPosted: 03 Oct 2016, 11:46 
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Abi wrote:
Funnily enough, I've just finished the first Angela Marchmont book (The Murder at Sissingham Hall), mrs helston, and quite enjoyed it! I got it free on Kindle though it's still only 99p so not a massive investment for anyone who likes 'cosy crime'.

Glad to find a fellow fan! I found the first Freddy book more of a "jolly romp" than a complex mystery (I guessed whodunnit quite quickly) but still ideal for a cosy autumnal evening

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Has anyone recommended the Faded Page' website?

I stumbled on it, and found O Douglas again.

She, who was really Anna Buchan, wrote novels about the Border region of Scotland.

Well worth it for the nostalgia factor.

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PostPosted: 04 Oct 2016, 21:30 
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I don't think I read any O. Douglas previously, but have been reading one today. Based on a sample of one book, I think she's very similar to D.E. Stevenson, who also often used a Scottish setting.

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I'm reading The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson and it's wonderful. Why didn't someone tell me about her???

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Oh Nicola did you really not know??? What joys you have ahead of you. She is utterly delightful and was reasonably prolific. I am jealous that you have all that ahead of you.

I have just read one of the books published by Furrowed Middlebrow, whose blog is known and loved by a number of people on CBB.

A Chelsea Concerto by Frances Faviell. Excellent; hard to read at times because it is so evocative of London during the Blitz, but well worth it nevertheless.

I have now moved on to The Dancing Bear which is about Berlin just after the war. This one I am finding even harder to read because I see before me my best friend and her little brother, perched on a handcart, on top of all their worldly goods, as they flee before the Russians....But the book is also very good.

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I love the way I thought - right, this is autobiographical about her time at Dartington Hall, then it morphed into a Dorothea Moore story about schoolboy/girl royalty, with several nods to Violet Needham, and all the time it's about being different and oppression and everything else that goes with it. And lots more undertones that I'll need to explore when I read it again.
A great discovery, thanks to my younger daughter, and lots more of her books to look forward to. :D

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PostPosted: 15 Oct 2016, 16:31 
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I recommend Ibbotson to everyone, children and adults. Such a great pity there will be no more books from her. Ever! :(

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PostPosted: 15 Oct 2016, 17:03 
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I recommend Ibbotson to everyone, children and adults. Such a great pity there will be no more books from her. Ever! :(

She has been lauded on here before....She is one of my favourite comfort reads. Madensky Square and A Countess Below Stairs are two of my favourites. No idea why anyone would have thought a renaming of the latter to The Secret Countess might be a good idea...

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
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[quote]I'm reading The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson and it's wonderful. Why didn't someone tell me about her???[/quote

I recently read my first too - Star of Kazan, which I got cheap on Kindle. Loved it. Will happily read more when I can.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2016, 12:01 
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I've read a couple of Eva Ibbotsons and quite enjoyed them, but only middlingly compared with other authors...

I did read the first St Mary's book though and enjoyed that greatly! The style reminded me quite strongly of Jasper Fforde's.

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Has anyone else read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce?

I've just finished reading it. I wasn't sure whether I would enjoy it after the first page, but I think it is excellent. Note for anyone who hasn't read it: It is not (by my definition) a religious book in spite of the title.

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Has anyone else read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce?

I've just finished reading it. I wasn't sure whether I would enjoy it after the first page, but I think it is excellent. Note for anyone who hasn't read it: It is not (by my definition) a religious book in spite of the title.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book!


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Aha, tis in my pile...

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Who was it who recommended the Gil Cunningham books on here - was it Abbeybufo on another thread? All I can say is "thank you" - I downloaded an omnibus of the first four a while ago, but have only just got round to reading them - have read three so far and really enjoyed them. Also, I must go back to Eve Ibbotson before long - I have a feeling I've already read some of hers, borrowed from my granddaughters' shelves when in England - but I'm looking forward to renewing acquaintance with them.


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I may have mentioned them, but that was some months after they were first recommended here, by, I think, JB

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