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I wouldnt mind 80 degrees at the moment, but I can see it would get a bit tiring. I do love the sun though and this summer we havent seen enough of it.
Toggle Commented 9 hours ago on The Beach by Laura Knight at Harriet Devine's Blog
The sun just when youd rather not have had it Liz! But it does lift the spirits.
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Yes Helen its an amazing achievement. I really wanted to see how she would resolve it all, otherwise Id certainly have given up.
Good luck - Im sure youll love it.
I dont think anyone was prepared for it, Kay!
Ali I knew something bad was going to happen but not what it was, so I was more or less prepared and when things started to hot up, I started turning the pages very fast. What a shock - but memorable as you say.
The O'Farrell is superb. Read that - no contest.
I noticed on Amazon that people were very divided on this too, Anne, though the newspapers seem to have adored it. Glad you enjoyed the review.
Thanks, Jane. I think if you found the short stories tough this one is not for you! Though it is rewarding if you can stomach it.
I think you were wise to leave it behind Julia - strong stuff for beautiful Italy!
Yes Liz it's not for the fainthearted. Which includes me. But it had so much to enjoy that I'm not sorry I managed it.
Hooray Joan! Im sure you will love them.
Thanks for this, Carol. I think you are right about publishers - though of course they were only quoting reviews! But I do think they tend to big things up to make them appeal to people who only like thrillers, or whatever - I think the subtleties of this book would be hard to encompass in a blurb, in fact.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2016 on I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers at Harriet Devine's Blog
Yes Annabel he writes beautifully, Glad of course that you enjoyed it - perhaps I wasnt in the right mood!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2016 on I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers at Harriet Devine's Blog
Im afraid it is, Mary!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2016 on I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers at Harriet Devine's Blog
Interesting comment - thanks, Liz. He assuredly does not come from any kind of Indian stock -- hes about as British as they come. AS for picking up bits of Sanskrit -- of course that is a feasible idea if he had only chanted odd words, but he was chanting whole complex hymns which he could not possibly have picked up in the way you describe. All very fascinating, anyway.
Yes still much the same Helen. Liked your recent post on it all!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2016 on Woman with Book and Cat at Harriet Devine's Blog
Yes indeed James -- I'm always so full of admiration for the readers.
Yes Carol its very hard to process it all. Great that you are writing to your MP and to Khan. WE must try to find some positives in the situation, but its hard to see what they might be. Never mind, theres always cats and books.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2016 on Woman with Book and Cat at Harriet Devine's Blog
Yes Simon, uncomfortable is right. Not my own favourite but Im glad I read it.
I think I need to read a biography of BB! Thanks for the comment.
I dont think itll be among my favourites, but I dont think BB could write a bad novel if she tried. Its certainly amazingly perceptive and truthful to real life, I think.
Ali I think Harriet Said.. has been my favourite Bainbridge so far. I think its a better novel than this, but others might disagree!
Shes a fantastic writer, Liz - do plunge in.
Great!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2016 on Bodies from the Library at Random Jottings