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Great review of what sound like two powerful novels. I love Hilary Mantel but this is one of hers I haven't read -- sounds like I should!
Now theres an interesting idea, Alex!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on The 1924 Club at Harriet Devine's Blog
Yes do Julia. An interesting novel. So do join in!
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I think youd love it Kaggsy. Lots of Russians in it -- right up your street?
Liz I can only hope for a bit of s revival!
Oh Joan I hope youll love it!
Christine I thought it was pretty fair and balanced, and basically true to what happened. The writer obviously used extracts from both of their actual writings for some of the dialogue. But it is a little strange listening to someone pretending to be your father!
Yes Liz it was almost creepy to read it, a bit like finding myself in an alternative universe!
Thanks for this, Carol. Yes Ive just taken board that Angelica wrote a second book. I must get hold of it! I so regret that I never met her, as my parents obviously must have known her.
Yes Susan I identify very much with Logan! Many people from the UK retire to France and in general we are all loving it here.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2015 on Do I Miss England? at Harriet Devine's Blog
Alex the BBCis great. Luckily we can get iron France!
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2015 on Do I Miss England? at Harriet Devine's Blog
Susan, healthcare in France is exceptionally good. No hospital waiting lists, brilliant aftercare for people whove had operations. In the UK, the NHS is in a vey bad state, with medical personnel often completely demoralised. So being in the French system is a breeze. Yes I do have to drive for groceries but I did in the UK too. And if I get too ancient and doddery to do that, Im going to move to a lovely small town nearby where everything is in walking distance. Your place in DC sounds good too, though!
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2015 on Do I Miss England? at Harriet Devine's Blog
Hope you do Kaggsy. Beautiful and so evocative of those lives lived there.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2015 on Cat by Duncan Grant at Harriet Devine's Blog
Do go again, Liz! I want to revisit already...
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2015 on Cat by Duncan Grant at Harriet Devine's Blog
That's good!!! Have a wonderful time. I've been with family for three days and had a brilliant time. Nothing like the family for making you feel good. x
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2015 on Family Weekend at Random Jottings
Lucky lucky kids having you as a teacher and getting to see such wonderful books. Great post!
Wonderful. If I had the time and energy, I'd love to make this -- in an alternate life, perhaps. But I'd love to have the book -- must go and have a look...
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2015 on The 1718 Coverlet at dovegreyreader scribbles
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They use 'a lick of paint' to make you think it was a totally effortless process, which took less than a minute - unlike the reality, which was obviously more like your own wardrobe experience. i am a keen upcycler though never knew what it was called -- like yours, my furniture is drowned in the stuff. Thanks for the early morning chuckle.
Love it! Spot on. But I am guilty of Farrow and Ball in more or less every room. Despise me all you like.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2015 on Random words - Rant alert at Random Jottings
Excellent post as usual -- sorry not to have had reviews for at least *some* of these books, but you are forgiven because you obviously had a nice time. I had seven chicks hatch, of which two are no longer with us (I know, last time I commented it was a kitten -- not much luck around here this summer) but the other five are getting quite big. No idea if they are boys or girls -- if boys they will have to go, as we already have one of those. Not into the pot, of course, but hopefully to some loving home. Good luck with yours. Couldn't Sootica just become Sootico?
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2015 on what i did during the summer... at a gallimaufry
I've read 4 of the 6 Shardlake books and they are amazing -- Sansom is obviously an incredible writer if he can do something like this, which sounds so different and yet obviously also brilliant. I haven't wanted to try one his non-Shardlake novels but now I think I must! Thanks.
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Annabel I find I have the first one of the series and shall be embarking on it soon! Definitely a writer to keep up with.
Thanks, Helen. I think I might appreciate Housekeeping more if I re-read it. So far though I think Lila is actually my favourite.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2015 on Lila by Marilynne Robinson at Harriet Devine's Blog
This made me laugh so much -- I too have a new kitten (actually had two, until one of them sadly died, but you don't want to hear that). She is adorable, of course. Our resident cat, Bob, was horrified when they turned up -- I kept them in the downstairs bathroom for a few days and Bob would go and stare through the glass door and growl and hiss. This didn't stop her adoring him and wanting to play with his tail. Now, after nearly three weeks, he occasionally turns round and gives her a brief lick before turning his back again and staring into space. And they can sometimes be seen side by side eating out of the same bowl. So perhaps Mister Puss will one day allow yours to be his friends. Sleeping on your bed a very good sign.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2015 on kitten facts at a gallimaufry
Janakay, I wasnt all that bowled over by Housekeeping -- certainly not as much as by the other two Ive read. I hope if you do try Lila you will enjoy it as much as I did!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2015 on Lila by Marilynne Robinson at Harriet Devine's Blog