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Cornflower
Edinburgh
Interests: books, music, food, flowers ...
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Twist Sock set from The Wool Barn in 'Bramble'; Prairie Socks pattern by Kay Jones, the stitch pattern worked (staggered) over 10 rounds. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cornflower
I've read just one of Jane Thynne's books ('A War of Flowers') and it was very good indeed.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Friday reads at Cornflower Books
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Apologies for the rather sporadic posting of late - time and inspiration have been in short supply. My reading has been a bit wobbly too, but now I'm in the safe hands of William Boyd, well on with - Love is Blind and happily following the adventures of piano tuner extraordinaire Brodie Moncur in fin de siècle Paris and beyond. So far I very warmly recommend it. Top of the arrivals pile, meanwhile, is a book by Kate Humble; Thinking on my feet: the small joy of putting one foot in front of another "celebrates the simple, fundamental act of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cornflower Books
By all means, Deborah! So glad you enjoyed the book.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2018 on The Bird in the Tree at Cornflower Books
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Do go, Anne - everything we've had from them has been tremendous!
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Bath bookshop Mr. B's Emporium is crowdfunding in order to expand its premises. The video above tells all, and you can find the sponsorship details here. By the time I visited the page all the 'Join the Crew' experiences, by which you can be a bookseller for a day (and which I'd have loved) had already been claimed, but if you're minded to offer your support, there are many more excellent rewards on offer as I write. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Cornflower Books
Yes, his heart seems to have led him (astray)!
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2018 on Marsh-lands at Cornflower Books
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"[...] I began to meditate on the writer's life. It is full of tribulation. First he must endure poverty and the world's indifference; then, having achieved a measure of success, he must submit with a good grace to its hazards. He depends upon a fickle public. He is at the mercy of journalists who want to interview him, and photographers who want to take his picture, of editors who harry him for copy and tax-gatherers who harry him for income tax, of persons of quality who ask him to lunch and secretaries of institutes who ask him to lecture, of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Cornflower Books
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"For much of October we can play at autumn. We get golden sunlight, tapestry-like hillsides, morning mists, all without any great drop in temperature: a gentle slide into everything good about autumn. We light the fire because we can, because... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Cornflower
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Something to look forward to (although as it won't be out until 2021 we'll have a bit of a wait) is a new book from neurosurgeon Henry Marsh*. His next will be 'using neuroscience rather than surgery as a starting point for an exploration of what makes us human. He will reflect on the life of his own brain - having spent a lifetime fixing other people's - and ask what light neuroscience can shed on his past, present and future, blending the latest scientific discoveries with autobiography, storytelling and discussion about modern medicine, to create "a work of science,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Cornflower Books
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I needn't say much about Transcription because Kate Atkinson is a first class novelist and readers are safe in her hands. You won't find pedestrian, clunky, formulaic writing here, for all is precise and fitting; the narrative has pace and flows smoothly from 1981 to 1950, 1940 and back; the editing is tight, the tone is light - "Think of it as an adventure [...] A bit of a lark, something from Buchan or Erskine Childers [...] A Girls' Own adventure." - and the raw material is so professionally shaped and polished as to bring out the grain in all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Cornflower Books
So glad our well-read crew here were able to identify it!
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2018 on Can you help? at Cornflower Books
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I can guess!
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2018 on Can you help? at Cornflower Books
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I won't re-watch, then!
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I have high hopes of it!
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We walked out of an opera once (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Rimsky-Korsakov). It was a very hot evening and I was six months pregnant at the time.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2018 on Did not finish at Cornflower Books
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You are so right about not wasting time, Liz.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2018 on Did not finish at Cornflower Books
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Thanks to all who offered suggestions as to the identity of Lee's mystery book (see below) - I knew you'd be able to help! ~~~~~ Remember the 2018 Reader Survey? The results are in. Mary apologises for having taken longer than expected to compile her report; as you can read here, a vacation took a very dramatic turn indeed. Thank goodness she is all right. ~~~~~ William Boyd's new novel Love is Blind has gone straight to the head of my reading queue. It's set at the end of the nineteenth century, has a musical theme, and features a young... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Cornflower Books
Posted by Cornflower on behalf of Ginny: "According to a member or two of the D E Stevenson group on line, the book that you are hoping to remember and read again is DRUMVEYN by Alexandra Raife. I remember that she wrote numerous books most of which I unreservedly liked and can recommend. I believe that DRUMVEYN was one of her first titles if not the first." Ginny later got back to me with more information, kindly provided by another member of the D E Stevenson group: "Drumveyn by Alexandra Raife comes to mind, the protagonist is a recent widow, her son does live in the city with a very city-girl wife who refuses their child from the moment of birth. The son & child do move in to run the estate - not exactly straitened circumstances but many family problems. It seems to fit her recollection of the book she's seeking."
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2018 on Can you help? at Cornflower Books
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Wise words, Anne.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2018 on Did not finish at Cornflower Books
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It does, Darlene, and let's hope we can meet sometime for that cup of tea and a chat about the many Persephone titles which have given us great pleasure!
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2018 on Did not finish at Cornflower Books
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It can be hard to give up on a book when you've already invested a lot of time in it - though to continue if it's not working is to throw good money after bad (to thoroughly mix my metaphors!).
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2018 on Did not finish at Cornflower Books
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Quite right, Peggy; I think I am too forgiving for my own good.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2018 on Did not finish at Cornflower Books
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An email from Lee yesterday with a request for help in identifying a book: Lee is trying to remember the name of novel she read some years ago, similar in style, she recalls, to the work of D.E. Stevenson - "It was set in Scotland and revolves around a family is straitened circumstances. One son had left home and married and lived in London. His wife was very much a city girl. When she became pregnant she panicked and ended by leaving him and the baby. The son comes home to run the family estate. His mother (a widow I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at Cornflower Books
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I can't remember when I last abandoned a book - it is very rare for me not to finish - but I have re-shelved Long Live Great Bardfield having reached the halfway mark. Horses for courses, as they say. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at Cornflower Books
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