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Amazingly I have read two of these. Morality Play is good but Oscar and Lucinda is totally wonderful. I do hope you read it. Your chicken that lays the small eggs must be a bantam? I have one - tiny eggs but very delicious.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2018 on what shall helen read? May edition at a gallimaufry
Thats an amazing reference! Im amazed by your research skills.
Toggle Commented May 8, 2018 on Woman Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
Do have a go Annabel - you wont regret it!
Hope you get it soon and that you will love it, Joan! Must be frustrating having to wait.
Great post. I love the idea of sending the book to your Mum - sometimes I think it's harder to share things with those closest to us. Glad you decided to keep pushing on. Good luck with it all!
Thanks for this comment. I think I would have persisted with it if I hadnt been expecting something so different - Im sure its not a bad novel, just not what we are used to with Pym!
Good for you Liz getting to the end. I rather wish I had in some ways, but just couldnt. Who knows maybe Ill come back to it one day.
Michelle, as a relatively old person myself, I think your youthful judgement was a bit off! It seems rather more like a reminder of the pains and miseries of growing older. It would be interesting for you to re-read it, though - maybe if forewarned you could take it on its own merits.
Cathy I didn't mean to imply that I wasn't drawn to Lucy - she's a wonderful character and has a lot to cope with. Interesting point about racial stereotyping - something to think about, certainly.
What a great find - I love charity shops. The story sounds intriguing and L one the look of the illustrations.
My goodness that lot should keep you happy for a while. I had a passion for Rendell/Vine for many years but ones I've tried lately have seemed a bit dark - well they always were I suppose but no longer right for my mood. She was a great writer though - look forward t your reviews if and when you get around to it. Well done with the test.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2018 on about a book splurge at a gallimaufry
Thanks Liz. I think it thoroughly deserved its Booker prize.
Simon I think he is much under-rated. Something to do with having a successful TV series?
It is a lovely painting. Thanks Jan for the info.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2018 on Girl Writing at Harriet Devine's Blog
I havent read the books, only seen the series - wish I had read them now. Small spoiler - we learn in Staying on that Sarah has married Guy Perron and has two grown up children.
Yes I remember it too. I tried to find it online but it doesnt seem to be available anywhere - Id love to see it again.
Great to hear you are reading this. I actually re-watched it on Amazon video and it has stood the test of time remarkably well. Look forward to a review in die course!
Your poor girls. I've gone through this exact experience of introducing new hens with similarly unhappy results. Hens are the most ghastly bullies. Hope yours settle down soon. It took mine months though you won't want to hear this.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2018 on new friends at a gallimaufry
Delighted to hear this - I do think its an important novel.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2018 on Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday at Harriet Devine's Blog
Nice points Peggy. I also thought the flowers would be dropping their petals all over the breakfast things. More than a bit of fantasy there, I think.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2018 on Woman Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
Time to plunge in methinks!
I read this a while ago and loved it. There was also a very good TV adaptation. But I tried her second book and didn't get along with it at all.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2018 on Small Island, by Andrea Levy at a gallimaufry
Thanks Sue. The Beautiful Visit is one of the ones I was underwhelmed by. Maybe I should give it another chance.
Kat I am absolutely certain you will love it. It seems to be her best kept secret!
Helen Id say start with this one. The Cazalet chronicles are lovely, but I think this one maybe has more interesting things to say. Hope you do give it a go - Id love to hear your views.