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dovegreyreader
Devon, U.K.
A Devonshire-based bookaholic, sock-knitting quilter who was a Community Nurse once upon a time.
Interests: reading, quilting, sock knitting, books, walking,
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Bet, I have that collection here unread so thank you for the prompt. I really loved her first novel ...was it The Night Guest, so I will now get The High Places off the shelf.
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It can sometimes be down to the luck of the postal delivery (and the gods) that puts a collection of short stories on the top of the tbr pile. The post arrives, I'm in reading mode, nothing to rush for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Hello Chums Magnus here... It's been a long old winter and really my main challenge each day is to sneak upstairs to rest on a nice warm bed rather than any of this stupid basket-on-the-windowsill-looking-quaint stuff. The only downside is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I didn't know Helen Dunmore and I don't know Susan Glickman, but when I bought my copy of Helen Dunmore's poetry collection Inside the Wave last year, a few months before Helen died, one of the first things I noticed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I feel a bit of a lightweight wading in to write about La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of The Book of Dust trilogy by Philip Pullman. The thing is so much has been written, spoken and generally debated about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Bless Kerry Andrew, singing as You Are Wolf, because she has made a recording of that magical spell for Bluebell which she premiered at The Lost Words event at The Foundling Museum a few weeks ago. I'm putting it here... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I don't know about you but I am in need of flowers. Like plenty of Northern Hemisphere gardens ours is looking ever so glum at the moment. Winter shrubs are trying hard but we don’t have that many of them,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Helen, you me and Philip Pullman the same. He is most vexed about it too in an essay in Dæmon Voices. I agreed with him so strongly that I actually wrote ‘ME TOO’ in the margin and swore off it with renewed intent. But do you know, I NEVER even noticed it in this book which suggests that Imogen Hermes Gowar has bucked the trend and made it work to her advantage. Maybe this is why I felt so deeply involved. Maybe download a sample to your Kindle if you have one and see what you think. Interestingly I can think of plenty of other books I have given up on because the present tense just didn’t work...hmm how interesting.
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It is September 1785, Deptford, London and shipping merchant Jonas Hancock, widowed and childless, is awaiting news of his ship, and I am waiting too, deeply embedded in The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock in my little corner of Waterstones, Exeter.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I was surprised to find that David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet worked so well on audio Heather, in fact better than reading the book for me, so I can imagine that Slade House would be just as good.
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Hours of happy reading in Bookworm Iris. A wonderful journey through childhood reading.
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Ooh thanks for the recommend Rebecca, I guessed Force of Nature would be good, Jane Harper has a style that really works. I certainly want to read more Celia Fremlin too.
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Please do report back here if you want to Carla. I suspect both books will add even more to your TBR list!
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I use the sample facility on my Kindle to test run a book too S&D.
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Cathy it is shifting the way that I read books too, short reviews mean that I can page-turn for pleasure and not feel I must be making notes all the time. It’s easy to slip into traps when writing a blog so I do regular checks on what I am doing and how and why.
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I really want to read Cloud Atlas again, it is so long since I did. I suspect it will read like a new book.
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Dr Mama, I really am not a fast reader...I just allocate an inordinate amount of time to it! I’m back into Jon McGregor with Reservoir 13 which is stunning for the way it makes you feel as much as anything. I am screaming with anxiety and expectation that any minute now....but I won’t say what. And I realised that I may not have read his first novel which is always a treat to discover with a novelist I am enjoying.
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On here next post Kate!
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It is all that Avis and I am discovering so much more about it now that I walk it regularly. Princetown still known as a village I think but really way behind that now. It’s reputation when I was working was as a bit of a cut off backwater where the council housed a lot of ‘problem’ families who then found themselves stranded by the isolation and so concentrated their efforts locally. It was a really tricky and often very depressing place to work sometimes. Hooray for the bus service, I have plans for the day my bus pass arrives!
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I think it's time we went to another art exhibition, you can't get enough of them at this time of year. The word on the street was that Waterstones, Exeter was much improved and worth a visit, so Bookhound and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I already have a growing pile of books read in 2018 for your delectation, and rather than attempting to write a full blog post about each of them, and then failing and ending up with a shelf-full of the Great... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I’m no expert but do they appear on Netflix eventually too Karen? To be honest, until recently we have waited for the DVD for most films that we’ve wanted to see. Comfort of home v discomfort of the trip into Plymouth and the cinema, but have to say we did enjoy ourselves at this one. Now we want to see The Mercy about Donald Crowhurst so we have a growing list.
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I doubt we’ll see such a good exhibition for a very long time. It was one of the reasons I took a trip to London to see it, all those quilts in one place. And yes, the Fine Cell Work website is wonderful. I’m sure Susan Hill employed/ employs them to make some textile things for her website.
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Rhys, I know what you mean. Certainly when we did the book group we knew that we were talking to those who were segregated for their own safety and so most likely Schedule One offenders. Somehow we just blocked that out, some highly intelligent, very polite and well-educated men who were grateful that anyone took an interest. As for the quilting, well what a gem of a thing to be happening in the midst of so much deprivation. The stories of some of those in the book are very moving, some have even learned skills that they are using on release...tailoring etc and there were female prisoners involved in the project too.
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Colleen, wasn’t that an amazing exhibition! I still browse the catalogue which was a work of art in itself. I’m supposed to be finishing off the Great Unfinished too, but I’m sneaking in a few new things to keep the enthusiasm going. Small projects and I’m really into wholecloth quilting now, so have been sifting though my quilting designs today.
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