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I'm currently reading the Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe. It's a fascinating book and I'm learning a lot of French history as well as about the artists.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2009 on Buy a friend a book - 1 at Cornflower
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I always intend to read the shortlisted books for some of the Awards but never manage it and I've never managed to go to a LitFest either - I must keep the date for next year's King's Sutton one - it's not too far away from me.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2009 on Oranges and daffodils at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Happy Red Nose Day! This book sounds like fun with serious undertones - please enter me in the draw as I'd love to find out about that "elephant".
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I'm still reading this book so I haven't read your post and Harriet's comment very carefully. My initial thoughts are that it has a fairytale feel to it, particularly in describing the strange fete at the mysterious Domain and that I like the attention to detail in the descriptions of places and people. I wonder if will hold my attention to the end because it does seem rather elusive.
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My primary school used the Janet and John books - I see they've made a comeback. I use Google Reader - I haven't noticed the same problem, your posts seem to be quite quickly on it anyway. Google Reader gives the time for this one as 2.43pm. Is that about right?
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2009 on Do you read me? at Cornflower Books
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I'll read it if the library has a copy - I should think it will. I may buy it as it looks beautiful and it's one I've wondered about reading in the past.
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Thanks - I'm working on it.
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I'd like to have a go too please.
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I recognised this straight away. This had me searching out our photo album of our holiday in Brittany in 1988 and yes I've been there too. I may put some photos on my blog - lovely memories!
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2009 on Between a rock and a hard place at Cornflower
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How funny!
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2009 on Scottish misapprehensions at Cornflower
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I dig to the bottom of the pile too. It's really annoying if new books are damaged in anyway, but I did buy a damaged copy of Les Miserables because there were only two left and both were tatty. I suppose that's what happens if we all go for the best copies. I mentioned its condition at the checkout and was given a discount! I do buy tatty secondhand books but only if I really want a particular book and it's out of print. How do you manage to read a book and leave it looking pristine? I can't read a paperback without creasing the spine!
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2009 on Conditional at Cornflower Books
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How amazing is that! I'm tempted to try it but right now I only have the cheese flavoured Ritz Crackers but that might work, d'you think? I won't be joining in the discussion on Breathing Lessons as I didn't manage to get the book but I'm looking forward to reading everyone's comments.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2009 on Books and cakes - 13 at Cornflower
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My library has a copy called The Lost Domain, Oxford UP 1959 and a few copies in French and also on audio cassettes- but I'll stick to the English.
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I love the book group - even if I don't always manage to read the current book. I already have the Kipling lined up to read and have read Sue Gee's book before - so I feel confident that I'll be able to keep up for the next two books. Thanks for an excellent idea - I love reading what other people thought of the books.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2008 on Out of the hat - 2 at Cornflower
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Looks good, please add me as well.
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Thank you for this.
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I've been meaning to try Nicci French for some time, so your post is extra encouragement to read at least the Nicci Gerrard ones. The combination of an Anita Shreve type novel set in a Welsh cottage and a character eating past-sell-by date tinned octopus is just too intriguing to miss.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2008 on Sunday Salon: the week's reading at PETRONA
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Mmmm - dare I say - interesting! We know not all blogs are boring, what has he been reading? I could have done with a notice about not shouting as we're only providing a service when I was working in local government.
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I didn't find the Barbies, or the scarecrow. I suppose they change things after a while? The WEEE Man is impressive and quite shocking!
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2008 on WEEE Man at the Eden Project at kimbofo
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I shouldn't really be making any comment as I've only read about half of the book. But I'm thinking of not finishing it, which I don't often do. I am finding it too long and drawn out and I'm getting bored with Lily and her lusting after luxury. It is an interesting look at the New York aristocracy of the period and I should remember that it is a tragedy. It seems Lily is doomed from the start and I'm not in the mood for this just now - my reaction may well be different at another time, so maybe I'll read it through in the future sometime. Just now, it's not working for me. This is the first book by Wharton that I've read and I'm encouraged by Carolyn's opinion that it is not her favourite work, maybe I should read "The Bunner Sisters" or "The Old Maid" next?
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2008 on The House of Mirth at Cornflower
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I've never read anything by Edith Wharton - so I'm looking forward to reading this. I've reserved it from the library and hope I can get it in time to read it for this discussion.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2008 on Volume 4 at Cornflower
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I read this book just over a year ago and like others who have commented I didn't re-read it. I think it's one of the best of Atwood's books that I've read, partly because all the way through I couldn't make my mind up whether or not Grace was guilty and at the end I was still unsure, although I tended towards thinking she was. A strong novel which kept my interest throughout. Cat's Eye was the first one I read and like Adele I think it is brilliant,but maybe The Blind Assassin is my favourite.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2008 on Alias Grace at Cornflower
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