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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2017, 14:18 
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I also enjoyed that one Abbey!


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2017, 17:09 
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I like The House of Arden too, and the 'other half' of the narrative, Harding's Luck.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2017, 18:41 
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Yes I enjoyed that one too too. I like the fact that she doesn't talk down to her audience. I am looking forward to getting on to her adult books. Just reading 'The Railway Children' at the moment and thoroughly enjoying it.


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PostPosted: 26 Aug 2017, 19:47 
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I loved House of Arden when I was a child. Reading as an adult, its origins as a serial are obvious, but I still enjoy it.

I have trouble reading Harding's Luck. I like parts of it, but I tend to get part way through and give up. It's a while since I last tried, so I can't remember exactly what it is I dislike about it.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2017, 20:03 
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Just bought House of Arden coupled with Harding's Luck for 99p on Kindle.

I have just finished two detective novels by Joanna Cannan, the mother of the Pullein-Thompson sisters and author of A Pony for Jean which I mentioned on the CBB recently.

Murder Included and Death at the Dog, are both available on Kindle Unlimited. I enjoyed them and went searching for more. I was a bit daunted by some of the prices that came up. I found one for £60 in English and think I have located the same book in German on German ebay for £4.

I don't really like reading out of the original language but for a saving like that I am prepared to abandon my principles for once! One book is listed as £608 with a further copy at over £800. Are these real prices?

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One book is listed as £608 with a further copy at over £800. Are these real prices/


No - is the short answer.

A writer friend queried it with Amazon once, as one of her books was being quoted at a silly price, when she had copies available to sell at the normal price.

She was told the silly prices arise from an Amazon algorithm which calculates them based on the number of searches made for that title vs the number of copies available on Amazon.

It's not the author's doing - my friend wouldn't have known about it if she hadn't either looked up her own books or been told by someone else, I forget which it was.


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Ah. Thanks JayB, I have always wondered....

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PostPosted: 27 Aug 2017, 07:22 
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That's fascinating. I sometimes see fairly ordinary-looking books advertised for around £2,000, usually a really odd amount like £2,097.83, and wonder where on earth the seller got that price from!

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 27 Aug 2017, 11:35 
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You'd think the number of people who buy the book (or any book!) at that price would also be part of the algorithm... :roll: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 27 Aug 2017, 13:14 
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I suppose if anyone does buy at those prices, it just reinforces that the prices are correct!

Amazon take their cut of anything sold through them, so they're not just being generous to whoever is selling the book. And if the author isn't the seller, the author won't see a penny.


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PostPosted: 28 Aug 2017, 19:13 
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I have just, finally, read A Chelsea Concerto by Frances Faviell. It's an account of the Blitz in Chelsea where the author was a volunteer with the red cross. I devoured it today and I would highly recommend it. She doesn't shy away from the horrors but it is told with a light touch and I couldn't put it down.

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2017, 19:45 
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It's great isn't it Brie? Furrowed Middlebrow has a sure hand when it comes to choosing books to publish :)

ETA Edited to remove previous edit which was incorrect....

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I read it when you recommended it before, Cestina, and loved it.
I was in Heffers recently and there was a selection of Furrowed Middlebrow books. I bought "Tom Tiddler's Ground" by Ursula Orange, which was a wonderful read.
It is set at the beginning of WW2, and tells the story of a sophisticated London woman who evacuates to stay with an old school friend in the country. The characters were so engaging and the contrasting attitudes people hold, and the moral dilemmas that they face made for a really good story.
I want to read some more of her books.

The other book I have recently read to do with that time is "Address Unknown" by Kressmann Taylor, which is a tiny little book (can be read in less than half an hour), which packs an astonishingly powerful punch. Has anyone else read it?

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2017, 21:29 
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Doot wrote:
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The other book I have recently read to do with that time is "Address Unknown" by Kressmann Taylor, which is a tiny little book (can be read in less than half an hour), which packs an astonishingly powerful punch. Has anyone else read it?


How strange - I could have sworn that I read this more years ago than I care to remember, and looking at the reviews confirmed that. However when I looked inside the book I wasn't so sure. Since it is on Kindle Unlimited I have taken it anyway...thanks for the recommendation.

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I've just finished Felicity - Stands By by Richmal Crompton. Thoroughly recommend, it's a delightful read and was as witty and entertaining as the Just William books. This is my first of RC's adult books and I can't wait to read more.
(On a side note I always love the vision of Hilda chuckling over William).

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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2017, 18:29 
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Have added 'Address unknown' to my wish list. Thank you for the recommendation.

For anyone who enjoyed 'Chelsea Concerto' I barrelled through Faviell's other non-fiction book 'The Dancing Bear' which is set in Berlin just after the war. I think it was actually almost as good, and just so sympathetically written.

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PostPosted: 18 Oct 2017, 15:40 
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Now I've been coming out to the flat for a few years, I'm finding my way around shops that sometimes have English language books. It's broadened my reading as, too often in the British shops, I just look for my favourite authors rather than browsing through the entire selection. There's a particular shop in Kufstein which is a café/bookshop. They have a small bookcase where they sell secondhand books for charity and there are usually a handful of English language ones there. It's been a rich source and it's where I picked up my latest read, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. I can't put it down; it's one of the most compelling books I've read in a long time.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
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Just spent a grey, November afternoon curled up in front of the fire reading, The House at Ladywell, Sealpuppy's latest offering. Thoroughly enjoyed it - modern-day romance combined with flashback historical sequences. Thank you Nicola.


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Well, thank you, Lizco! I'm glad you enjoyed it and its so nice of you to say so. :D Er, you don't fancy doing an Amazon review, do you? One word/line is fine - my new publisher is all about the numbers and might give me Brownie points if I get nice reviews!

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
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