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Time for a re-read, Liz?
Yes -- its a goodie!
Thats why I didnt read The Girl on the Train, Alex, and I probably wouldnt have read this without the freebie. I think you are right to leave it alone.
Midnight's Children is obviously the frontrunner and I absolutely agree. It's a while since I read it but I loved it. Not familiar with the others but I'd go for the Fitzgerald because I've enjoyed other things by her, and The Witch of Edmonton because I've always known about it but never read it. Look forward to hearing how you get on!
Alex I just reviewed The Long Room for Shiny New Books, out today ( It a was brilliant novel. Ive just ordered An Equal Stillness, which is on the way to me. So glad to have discovered her! Hope you enjoy The Long Room as much as I did.
Lovely idea. I'm emailing you my address (but will you mind sending to Europe? Hope not!)
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2016 on Month of Letters, Anyone? at A Work in Progress
I wondered that too! They look like very dry scientific volumes to me.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2016 on Maid Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
Great Alex. Enjoy!
I'm a great indulger in comfort reading and this is certainly the time of year for it. Like Alex, I often turn to crime, but as you say, the golden age is probably the most comforting. But I think the assurance of a safe and satisfactory resolution is the thing, as you both say. And I too love children's literature -- I can't tell you how many times I've re-read the really old ones like E.Nesbit and Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2016 on comfort reading at a gallimaufry
Yes it was a shame, Liz. I know you do proofreading and so do I, and its made me particularly sensitive to all that kind of thing, or maybe I was already which I why I like proofreading...
Good luck with getting a review copy Simon. They wouldnt send me a paper copy -- I had to read it on my iPad. Not conducive to enjoyment, especially as it didnt come with photos. Hope she enjoys it anyway.
Hmm.. I think it is Mme F as she looks a bit too old and sophisticated to be innocent little Minna. And Collins is always going on about how Mme F looks at people through partly closed eyes. Its a great picture whoever it is, anyway!
Yes indeed Lyn — Collins at his best is terrific. Loved the widows too.
I hope not! I think maybe someone has left a book (or journal, as you say) lying around and she hasn't been able to resist picking it up. I see it as rather a subversive painting -- showing that the 'lower orders' are just as intellectually curious as their 'betters' (or even more so).
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2016 on Girl Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
I don’t know of that book Lory — sounds interesting! Thanks.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2016 on Girl Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
Hope he enjoys it Liz!
Yes indeed!
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2016 on Girl Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
Do listen to them Alex — I’m sure you’ll love them. Nice and long too, so many happy hours! I haven’t listened to anything by Sam but he’s an excellent actor (recently re-watched Howards End which must be one of his first films and thought he was brilliant).
I’ve done that myself Jon! Amazing how interesting newspapers get when they’re old. Good luck with the vinyl.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2016 on Girl Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
Helen there are some great instruction books around. Do have a go — it’s so much fun.
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2016 on Girl Knitting at Harriet Devine's Blog
So glad to hear you love his writing Helen. That might have to be my next one!
I’m quite an audio junkie Alex but am very choosy about narrators and have several times returned the book if I don’t like the way it’s being read. I think my all time favourite was Timothy West reading Trollope — it was just like being read yo by Trollope himself!
Yes Claire narrators are so crucial. If you don’t like them it really spoils the book.
Sounds exhausting! Well done.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2016 on Random Chores at Random Jottings
I agree Alex — I’ve never been much good at sewing up myself. But I do love the satisfaction of seeing things grow and develop. As for The Song of the Lark — well, I see your point, but glad he didn’t!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2016 on Girl Knitting at Harriet Devine's Blog