Monthly Archives: June 2011

Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart (1955)

          It’s a hot sunny day in Paris (finally! Heaven knows we’ve waited long enough for summer to reach us!), so it seems only fitting I should talk about another hot sunny day – or rather, series of days … Continue reading

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The Peacock Spring, by Rumer Godden (1975)

          British author Rumer Godden (1907-1998) is a writer I am growing to admire immensely. One of my favourite books when I was growing up was her children’s novel Listen to the Nightingale, which tells the story of ten-year-old … Continue reading

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Creative Writing Seminar with Olive Senior

     Yesterday I attended my first ever creative writing workshop, coordinated by Jamaican author Olive Senior. I had never heard of Olive Senior before – by her own admission, she is a rather marginal writer – which was perhaps just … Continue reading

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One Book, Two Books, Three Books, Four…

     This meme has been going around the blogosphere for the past few weeks and I think it’s a fun way of bringing several books to one’s readers’ attention at once. Rather like browsing in a bookshop, if one doesn’t like … Continue reading

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The Bride of Lammermoor, by Sir Walter Scott (1819)

          Like Wait For Me! by Deborah Mitford, The Bride of Lammermoor was part of my Christmas stash, but I have only just got round to reading it. I was predisposed in its favour, being extremely fond of all … Continue reading

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Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters (2002)

          This book came to me from Scotland, sent to me by a good friend who participated in the 2011 World Book Night and remembered how much I love books (and receiving presents!). Though I had a few misgivings, … Continue reading

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June Reading List

     Check-list for the beginning of June: send off rent cheque: er… not check; order books online: CHECK!! No, I haven’t lost my mind: this is just the way priorities are sorted in Flo-land.      I am in need of … Continue reading

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