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I desperately wanted to be a ballerina after reading all of Noel Streatfield's books and my mother gave in and took me to ballet class which I rapidly gave up on being totally disillusioned that I couldn't be "en pointe" in a tutu immediately.
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Thanks, Judith. I've ordered it.
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PS - I'm currently reading a biography of the 18thC novelist Fanny Burney who for several years was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. The account of their children reminded me of one of the oddest bits of royal life - they had 15 children of whom 13 reached adulthood but they produced not one legitimate grandchild between them. Which is why Victoria became Queen. There's an interesting article about why here: https://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/charlotte-princess-royal/parcel-old-maids-daughters-george-iii/ I'm going to investigate to see if anyone has written a book about them.
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I suppose I am a bit of a voyeur when it comes to royal romances of the past (not interested in the current ones) and have read several about Wallis, the best probably being Anne Sebba's That Woman. I knew there were a lot of books written about Wallis but I was amazed when I googled that there are 37 listed! I will definitely be ordering this one.
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Thanks for the review of Last Train to Hilversum. I'm about to oder it for the OH's birthday - he will love it.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2019 on Journeys... at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Yes, it's the Lydmouth series I was referring to. I also like his one-off novels, especially Bleeding Heart Square. I was so taken with that one that we made a special visit to the area it's set in. He also wrote the Bergerac series.
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I read My Life in Crime when it first came out quite a few years ago and enjoyed it and I read her novels many years ago but haven't gone back to them. Maybe I should. My partner and I read a lot of crime/detective novels and we've been enjoying J J Marsh's Beatrice Stubbs series. Also read recently the first in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie King and wondered if i would like the idea of pairing a female detective with a retired Holmes but I did and will buy more. I can highly recommend Andrew Taylor's detective series set in 40 and 50s London. Another crime author I always enjoy is Laura Wilson. Oh, and don't forget the Cormorant Strike novels by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowlings). One I just couldn't get on with is The Seven Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle - just couldn't suspend my disbelief despite many people lauding it.
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I was struck by a bolt of lightning after seeing Mario Lanza in The Great Caruso when I was 13. I just suddenly knew that I loved opera and asked for a book of opera stories for my 14th birthday and started saving my after school job money to buy 45s and LPs. I now love almost all forms of classical music and we go to as many operas and concerts as we can manage, but opera will always be my first love. It was probably helped along by the fact that my mother loved Broadway musicals and operetta and my father was a jazz fanatic so there was always music in the house.
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I just read the first two chapters free on amazon and then read the reviews on Goodreads and I'm afraid I won't be buying it. It's probably my lack of intellect but like the friend mentioned above I found what I read tedious, pretentious and contrived - and I haven't lived an ordered life! There were a lot of one star reviews (among some 4 and 5s) and I agree with them. Not my cup of tea.
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I wonder if Dyson would give you a discount on your next one if you sent them all these brilliant reviews?? I'm sure they'd be thrilled to see them. I noticed in an ad today they now have a V10, more powerful than my V8....I'm tempted!
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2018 on We need to talk about... at dovegreyreader scribbles
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