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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 27 Oct 2016, 12:38 
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Another Gil Cunningham fan here though I must admit to being drawn to them originally when I spotted the name :D

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I'm still working my way through the Miss Silver books in publication order; need something undemanding as my brain gets tired! I've just finished The Catherine Wheel and am struck once more by how different it is from her usual set-up. Gone is the cosy gentry house with various occupants ranging from struggling but middle-class to upper-middle (often also struggling). The Catherine Wheel is a run-down pub with a history of smuggling and although the occupants are all relatives and some are indeed middle-class, they're not the usual style by any means.

No spoilers, but it's as though someone said, 'Write something different and see what happens.' I don't know how popular this one was but I'd never read it till about five years ago when I finally picked up a copy in a charity shop.

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It probably would have been me. I know Pat and I think her books are excellent.


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I just finished reading The Love Songs of Queenie Hennessey, the companion book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which I recommended recently.

Some sequels or other second books disappoint, but this one did not. If you enjoyed the first book, you will enjoy this one. It's just as good, possibly even better.

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PostPosted: 03 Nov 2016, 16:21 
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I just finished reading The Love Songs of Queenie Hennessey, the companion book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which I recommended recently.

Some sequels or other second books disappoint, but this one did not. If you enjoyed the first book, you will enjoy this one. It's just as good, possibly even better.


I've read both, I liked both, nice to see Queenie's side of the story, has some unexpected bits, especially at the end


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 04 Nov 2016, 10:30 
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Reading The Founders of Wat End School which was mentioned on here. Kind of school I'd have liked, three boys and three girls in a manor house turned school. Importance of character development and bringing out one's interests too. I like the combination of 'must do's' and 'may do's) Only drawback is the early morning run but at least they 'revel in the hot shower bath' (please note, EBD)

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PostPosted: 04 Nov 2016, 17:09 
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Reading The Founders of Wat End School which was mentioned on here. Kind of school I'd have liked, three boys and three girls in a manor house turned school. Importance of character development and bringing out one's interests too. I like the combination of 'must do's' and 'may do's) Only drawback is the early morning run but at least they 'revel in the hot shower bath' (please note, EBD)

Ooh I think I have that in the pile of books my friend who works in an Oxfam bookshop dug up. Must take a look...

I have just finished Bewildering Cares by Winifred Peck, moved on to her Arrest the Bishop, and have taken delivery this morning of her House-Bound (a Persephone version).

Winifred Peck is my current favourite author - Penelope Fitzgerald's aunt and a well-known novelist in her own right although apparently bare mention is made of her in Penelope's book about the Knox Brothers (one of whom was Dilly Knox of Bletchley fame).

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Just got Arrest the Bishop by Winifred Peck as it was free and looks intriguing. I like a clerical mystery!

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Just got Arrest the Bishop by Winifred Peck as it was free and looks intriguing. I like a clerical mystery!


Free here too, so I downloaded it!! Will look forward to reading it.


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PostPosted: 13 Nov 2016, 01:15 
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sealpuppy wrote:
Reading The Founders of Wat End School which was mentioned on here. Kind of school I'd have liked, three boys and three girls in a manor house turned school. Importance of character development and bringing out one's interests too. I like the combination of 'must do's' and 'may do's) Only drawback is the early morning run but at least they 'revel in the hot shower bath' (please note, EBD)


I just finished reading this (thanks, Sealpuppy and whoever mentioned it on here first) and enjoyed it. Lovely location for it; I like the combination of 'must do's' and 'may do's, too. In some ways that idea reminded me of some of the thinking behind A.S Neill's Summerhill School, though I think this book might predate the founding of Summerhill.


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Another reminder for me to dig out Wat End School...

I am so pleased that I didn't search out the Mountjoy novels by Elizabeth Aston any earlier, despite loud encouragement to do so from people on CBB. They are now providing the perfect antidote to the woes of the real world.

Such a shame she is no longer with us.

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Is anyone else on here a fan of Barbara Taylor Bradford? I really, really liked her series about the Harte family, starting with A Woman of Substance, which were her earliest books. Have read almost everything she wrote, but found some of them quite disappointing. But I have just read two from her most recent trilogy: Cavendon Hall and The Women of Cavendon Hall and enjoyed them as much as the Woman of Substance series. Of course, the nostalgia factor of them being partly set in areas of Yorkshire with which I'm very familiar again does help!


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I loved the first two Emma Harte books - some of the first adult books I read - but I found most of her later books, apart from Act of Will, disappointing, and haven't tried the most recent ones. Maybe I should :D .

A Woman of Substance is on my all-time favourite books list. It's very 1980s blockbuster style, but it was the 1980s when I read it.

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 21 Nov 2016, 22:45 
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Alison H wrote:
I loved the first two Emma Harte books - some of the first adult books I read - but I found most of her later books, apart from Act of Will, disappointing, and haven't tried the most recent ones. Maybe I should :D .

A Woman of Substance is on my all-time favourite books list. It's very 1980s blockbuster style, but it was the 1980s when I read it.


The Cavendon Hall books seem to revert to that earlier blockbuster style, so if you liked the earliest Emma Harte books, you would probably like these.


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Coming to the end of the Miss Silver re-read and now starting on The Alington Inheritance, which I'm very fond of. It's next-to-last and The Girl in the Cellar was published posthumously and that's only worth reading as a sad farewell.
A few books back, Miss Silver's favourite niece, Ethel Burkett, persuaded her aunt to buy a new frock for best, even though the price shocked Miss S. 'Such good style, auntie, and you'll never regret it.'
It's dark blue crepe de chine and I really want one! The Edwardian governess look isn't so odd nowadays as in the 50s and it sounds ideal for the dinners she attends in stately homes where she's been called in to find out whodunnit. It also sounds ideal for the non-stately occasions when I feel jeans are not quite the thing.
Miss Silver - fashionista!

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Now that would be an interesting topic for discussion - which clothes from books would you like? I've always wanted a delaine dress with buttons that look like blackberries!

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I've been reading Baroness Orczy's memoirs, available here.

In the first couple of chapters, which cover her early childhood in Hungary, she writes about the tsigane coming to play at family celebrations. Her descriptions are remarkably similar to EBD's.

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A friend introduced me recently to Slightly Foxed. Does anyone else on here know of it? They specialise in resurrecting forgotten books from the mid-20th century, both fiction and non-fiction and produce a quarterly magazine discussing relevant topics. My friend was touting a book by Ysenda Maxtone Graham called 'Terms and Conditions', which is all about life in real girls' boarding schools from 1939 to 1979. It's brilliant - as some of the publicity says, 'it's the funniest book you'll read all year'.


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I'm currently reading The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. It's about Will a young boy, who is the seventh son, and comes into his powers on his tenth birthday. He is the last of the Old Ones to be born. Very atmospheric for this time of year, a really good read especially if it's raining or snowing :)

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I enjoyed The Dark is Rising and some of the other ones, but didn't like a few of the books and found the last one practically unreadable. Have always wondered if I'd appreciate them better now I'm an adult.

ETA did you see the film? A bit disappointing I thought.

I'm reading The Prestige by Christopher Price and The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan - both good so far.


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