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Cornflower
Edinburgh
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Lutyens designed Greywalls - or High Walls as it was then called - for politician Alfred Lyttelton and his wife DD in 1901. As Jane Ridley (Lutyens's great-granddaughter) tells us in Edwin Lutyens: His Life, His Wife, His Work, "DD... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cornflower
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... Penelope Fitzgerald's novel The Bookshop. As it's on special offer (99p) for Kindle today I thought I'd repost the following from our Book Group* read in 2011: Florence Green decides "to take a step forward in middle age" and opens a bookshop in the small seaside town of Hardborough. She has to contend with undue influence and local hierearchies, petty rivalries and jealousies, a supernatural presence, and a clientele whose tastes run more to the Life of Queen Mary (it is 1959**) than to the modern novel, but then her decision to stock Nabokov's Lolita proves to be both... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cornflower Books
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"Yet even as he went leaping down the drive [...] Ben was conscious as always of the beauty of the oak-wood, and of the garden that he could see through the iron gateway in the old high red brick wall that was skirted by the drive as it wound from the east side of the house, where the porch and the front door faced across the marshes to the silver line of the Estuary, down through the wood to the gate. But that one glimpse was enough for Ben. In his mind's eye, as he ran on, he could see... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cornflower Books
Too tempting!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Stitch by stitch at Cornflower
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Yes, that's a good resource.
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I've been hither and yon lately, as close to home as East Lothian for a couple of days at Greywalls, then a flying visit to Devon to see family, train to London - and full marks to GWR whose staff... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cornflower
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It is the early 1600s; James I is on the throne. At court, the king's favourite Robert Carr sees Frances Howard, ambitious wife of the Earl of Essex, and is smitten. "Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, Like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust." Those lines from Webster's The Duchess of Malfi are the epigraph to The Poison Bed by E.C. Fremantle, an intricately plotted, brilliantly realised novel, cleverly imagined but rooted in fact. It's the tale of a trial for murder, and with its dual narrators - Frances and Robert - its shifting focus makes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Cornflower Books
If it does the job ...!
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I'm very much enjoying The Poison Bed, Liz, and you're right about Elizabeth Fremantle's sure hand.
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The internet, wonderful in so many ways as it is, doesn't give you the multi-sensory experience of a library.
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You can see more of Colin Fraser's work here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Cornflower
Very enjoyable, Jessie.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2018 on Books in brief: The Story Keeper at Cornflower Books
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As long as the birds keep their distance, Claire!
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2018 on Books in brief: The Story Keeper at Cornflower Books
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I think he was talking about himself!
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2018 on Boyd on books at Cornflower Books
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I wish you well, Jane.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2018 on Boyd on books at Cornflower Books
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I'm flattered, Erika, thank you.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2018 on A Scottish pudding at Cornflower
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We're an abstemious lot!
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Very simple - do try again.
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Having been there myself I can tell you it is!
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2018 on Library steps at Cornflower Books
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Wonderful, Mary, I hope you do.
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Indeed!
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From The Library of Trinity College Dublin, Harry Cory Wright; more on the book soon. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Cornflower Books
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I hadn't heard of World Embroidery Day until this morning, but what more appropriate time to post a relevant link or two. I picked up my needle recently after discovering Nicki Franklin's The Stitchery and her lovely individual kits and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Cornflower
"You can't chuck books out, even if you don't want them." (See also: this post, this one, and this.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Cornflower Books
I wanted a Scottish pudding to serve to a Canadian guest the other night and I chose cranachan as it's so simple and delicious, can be largely prepared in advance, and the raspberries it calls for are in season. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Cornflower