This is dovegreyreader's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following dovegreyreader's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
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,
Recent Activity
Image
Well almost Sherlockian. I feel as if I've worked you all a bit hard this past week (but thank you so much for joining in, hasn't it been interesting, and we are going to do more of it this year... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
27
Morag, Golden Hill is another book on my Kindle which I think I need in an actual copy...some books just demand it.
1 reply
Well 40 pages to go and I am working towards my verdict...
1 reply
I haven't read more than a quarter of Ruth by Mrs Gaskell but from what I recall it does fit the bill of the woman in trouble and unpossessed but ready, waiting and available...has anyone else read it to the end? What happens next...
1 reply
I'd expect no less from Jilly Cooper Rebecca!
1 reply
It would seem that the 18th century writers used first names as a matter of course and with no need for surnames. I don't know a jot about 18thc literature...does anyone have any ideas about that...was it less of a social/cultural necessity?? If I was even feeling brave enough to try, which would you recommend? For some reason it has never appealed.
1 reply
And thank you for other Rebecca thoughts Dr Mama and Christine...I'm thinking now how interesting it would be to read it again with all these ideas in mind.
1 reply
Thanks for confirming that Rebecca fact Lesley... Mrs DeWinter number Two clearly well and truly owned and with no identity of her own, Mrs DeWinter number one, released in death and her name and identity restored perhaps? I haven't read Susan Hill's sequel to Rebecca but am now wondering whether it further explores these themes of lost identity ownership and possession ..has anyone read it??
1 reply
Mary I enjoyed both of those Persephone titles too. Manja perhaps one of their most powerful and painful reads, I remember being deeply affected by it. I've written about Doreen on here somewhere...it could have been the story of my mum's war. Evacuated, loved too dearly by the people she was placed with and retrieved by her dad at her mum's insistence to be back in Liverpool for the bombing she could have been spared. An interesting thought now occurs about the tussle between the two couples, and who Doreen really belonged to...no surname in the title makes that tussle all the more ambiguous and the outcome less certain in a way.
1 reply
And the title could so easily have been chosen after the book was written of course...interesting thought. There may well have been no thoughts about any of this in the author's mind at all.
1 reply
Image
I think Ponderings... might have to be my new heading for disparate thoughts that won't quite come together without some help, and perhaps the Ponderings... will initiate some discussion/suggestions in comments, I'm hoping so. Annabel, Vera, Rebecca, Jill, Dulcima, Shirley,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
71
Claire, I should have added Long Live Great Bardfield to the list of course. I think we'll have a Tirzah Week
1 reply
Jude, I HAVE to read that one, thank you.
1 reply
I am reading a new biography of RC Sherriff and apparently this 'was' his family and his experience. Thus far a fascinating life so much more to report on here eventually.
1 reply
Emptynester, I had a good run at the first chunk which might have helped. And I do have issues with should've and would've etc but somehow I have glossed over those. Dribs and drabs of reading weren't helping either. I kept picking the book up and forgetting what had happened or who was who, but as it was a special gift I felt honour-bound to continue and suddenly I realised I was 'in'. I often call this arm's-length reading when for some reason I can't get involved and I feel detached and disinterested. I'll be interested to see if the rest of the book holds up.
1 reply
Val, welcome and of course I should explain. When I started writing here almost eleven years ago now I consulted my family who agreed to feature occasionally but I gave them their 'stage' names and they were all quite happy with that. So you might 'meet' Bookhound = husband of 40 years (very good at finding obscure books for me, or knowing a favourite author of the moment and coming home with a pile of them from the market for 10p) Offspringette = daughter (named herself, now lives in New Zealand) The Kayaker = son (at the time a white water river guide, now doing a degree in photography) The Gamekeeper = son ( as it says on the tin) And The Tinker was my lovely dad who died in 2015. We were all very close to him and he lived here with us for the last two years of his life and brought with him much love and a wicked sense of humour. He got his nickname from the writer Susan Hill who published his little memoir having picked up a few posts that he'd written for me on here about his life as a RM boy bugler in WWII. Hope that explains and please do stay around and keep reading and commenting :-)
1 reply
Image
I'm still working from my iPad so please forgive me, new posts might be a bit brief and scrappy (heaven knows how to highlight and italicise my titles, it seems to be beyond Typepad on here) until I sort out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
61
Image
'One day an idea for a novel came out of the blue. It happened on a seaside holiday at Bognor when we used to go down and sit on the front and watch the crowds go by. I watched that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
34
...a truly happy, healthy and gentle New Year. My computer is out of action for a while so I'm sending this from my iPad, I daren't even attempt to put a picture in, I'm just hoping it arrives on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
39
No, I haven't read it yet, but everyone else seems to have done and I have heard mixed reviews from "superb" to "don't bother." I had been waiting for the paperback but good news...The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
26
We've done it all...turkey the size of Wales, the Queen's Christmas message and I didn't get out of the washing up because Bookhound had done such a wonderful job of the cooking how could I not. Hope everyone is having a gentle day x
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2016 on It isn't snowing... at dovegreyreader scribbles
1 reply
Image
...but that won't stop me posting this picture from the Christmas that it did. I always post a message on Christmas Day because I know not everyone who reads here is surrounded by family and friends and things, and none... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
36
Image
Christmas cards... Every year I think, well maybe I won't send any this year... Or maybe I won't send as many... Some years I get them all done and dusted with handwritten letters by the beginning of December and feel... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
22
Image
I love this moment, and even though I know reading time can be a premium for many of you at Christmas I still ask every year because I know lots of us love to know what others might be even... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
53
Terence, how good to hear from you...for those that don't know Terence is Penelope's son-in-law and executor of her literary estate so we have some good first hand info there! I had no idea there was to be a film of The Bookshop...what a treat and with Bill Nighy who is always perfect in every role he takes on, so I am very excited about that. Isn't it good to hear that Penelope lives on in the nation's reading consciousness and continues to inspire new readers.
1 reply