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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 06 Dec 2019, 14:32 
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Suffering from post-holiday blues and it being a very dank, foggy afternoon, I gave into temptation yesterday and read one of the books I had been saving for Christmas. I am so glad I did - by the end of it I was in a Christmassy mood and feeling much better.

The book - Christmas at Ladywell by Nicola Slade. It was a delight to catch up with some of the characters from the House at Ladywell and to meet new ones. The book had the feel-good factor right the way through and it has already gone on my list of books to re-read at Christmas.

Thank you Nicola and I hope your treatment goes well and that you can enjoy your Christmas.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 06 Dec 2019, 15:58 
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Oh, that's so nice of you, Lizco! I'm glad it put you in the Christmas mood. I'm doing ok so far, thanks. :D

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 14 Dec 2019, 20:48 
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I'm reading "A Cheese Monger's History of the British Isles". Normally I wait until I've finished a book before saying anything about it but I feel this book would make a good present.

The cheese monger concerned, Ned Palmer, runs The Cheese Tasting Company. The book has each chapter set round a particular cheese or cheeses and goes into the making of the cheese and the history of cheeses made with those techniques. It's been an enjoyable and interesting read so far.

I would recommend the book to anyone who likes cheese!


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 21 Dec 2019, 19:50 
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Just finished Christmas at Ladywell, too, Nicola. Lke Lisco, I had been saving it for a holiday read, but succumbed to temptation on a frigid, snowy day earlier in the week! Of course, once started, that was it. I really enjoyed it, love the characters, the descriptions of the house and the alterations which have been made to it, and the flashbacks to earlier periods of the family history. I'm looking forward to re-reading it, and The House at Ladywell, too, before long, meantime, thank you, Nicola for a great mood brightener.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 21 Dec 2019, 20:58 
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I am still holding back - it will be my reward when snuggled down in bed on Christmas Eve with everything done :santa:

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 24 Dec 2019, 21:49 
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Ah, that's nice, thank you, Susan - hope you enjoy it, Gil. xx

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 02 Jan 2020, 14:54 
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I bought myself Margaret Biggs' "Melling" series for my birthday and actually got round to reading them over Christmas. Unfortunately, I've found I don't like them! I've got to the fifth book and stopped.

I wondered whether this was the difference between coming to something at the right age and reading something for the first time as an adult but the Blakes ,who seem to be supposed to be unconventional and having charisma, just come across to me as rude and badly-behaved for no good reason. Susan is not only badly-behaved but is an unfeeling bully who makes her shy friend's life a misery. The headmistress seems to be ill-fitted to the job (you wonder why on earth she not only chose to start a school but to continue to run it).
Also shades of EBD and her attitude to going to university...Helen, who's lazy and uninterested in academic work suddenly decides at the last minute to go to Girton because she wants to be with her friends.

I've read a couple of Biggs standalone stories and found them all right without being outstanding so I was expecting better from these.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 27 Jan 2020, 18:12 
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I rather enjoyed these although I agree Susan is a very unlikeable character and the headmistress is very dithery.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 30 May 2020, 21:56 
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Have just finished reading Frost in May by Antonia White, partly because I have some knowledge about the history of the real convent school that it was based on. Think it's an adult novel really, definitely not a GO story.

It's definitely really not a happy book either, if not downright depressing! Especially the ending.

And it's full of references to Catholicism that mean nothing to a confirmed Anglican like me. I actually bought a heavy second hand encyclopaedia of Catholicism to understand this book properly.

It also mentions the Wallace Collection museum in London, incidentally. Apparently it's quite large, but don't think I've ever heard of it despite knowing London pretty well.

Still reading Tessa and some Ponies, by Lady Kitty Ritson. It's a decent old pony book.

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PostPosted: 30 May 2020, 22:08 
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Wallace Collection is interesting, it has a really nice restaurant, went there last year


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 30 May 2020, 22:37 
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I wouldn't say the Wallace Collection is large, but it is delightful. One of my favourite London museums.

I remember being outraged when I took a German friend on an organised tour of London and we were allowed just half an hour for the Wallace Collection....

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PostPosted: 30 May 2020, 22:40 
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Oh the Wallace Collection is a gem - and free entry, too!


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PostPosted: 31 May 2020, 00:49 
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I recently finished an E.F.Benson omnibus of all the Mapp and Lucia books. He really didn't think much of the human race did he? In all of them, I can only think of one character that I wouldn't run a mile from! (Olga) That said, I did enjoy them all and was sorry when I came to the end of the final book. I followed that up with one of the annual volumes of the Girl's Own Paper, which I had downstairs thanks to the puzzle poems I've been posting here. Now I'm deep into "Fighter Boys" by Patrick Bishop, having read "Bomber Boys" a few months ago. I do like to ring the changes!


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 31 May 2020, 10:05 
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Katharine wrote:
Have just finished reading Frost in May by Antonia White, partly because I have some knowledge about the history of the real convent school that it was based on. Think it's an adult novel really, definitely not a GO story.


I recently reread Frost in May and agree with you. I then reread The Land of Spices by Kate O'Brien which is also about a convent school. It is an adult novel - it was banned in Ireland for years- but I think you will enjoy it.


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