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A Friend, a Book, and a Garden

The first ever Festival of Garden Literature opened yesterday in Hertfordshire. Ever since I got wind of this event, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I can’t quite understand why it has taken so long for a … Continue reading

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The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett (2006)

          I am unquestionably an anglophile. I love tea, and Wensleydale, and scones with jam and cream, and shopping at Marks and Spencer’s. I am an avid reader of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Noel Coward. My favourite key-ring is … Continue reading

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Of Books and Gardens

     In honour of the Chelsea Flower Show, which is taking place this week (and oh, how I wish I were there!), Cornflower has launched a new garden-themed meme. All you have to do is complete the sentences with the … Continue reading

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The Happy Land of Tea and Books

     “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C. S. Lewis      In December, I promised you all a post on tea and books. I had just come across Birgit’s … Continue reading

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Christmas Loot

          Christmas isn’t truly Christmas unless Santa leaves me a few books under the tree. I love tearing off wrapping paper and discovering the carefully chosen title beneath. Whereas chocolates never last very long, I can set aside my … Continue reading

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (2008)

          What a pleasure it was to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! The first time I caught sight of its ridiculous title in a bookshop, I knew I would end up reading it. The only … Continue reading

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The Whispering Gallery, by John Lehmann (1955)

     The Whispering Gallery is the first volume of John Lehmann’s autobiography. For those of you who are not as familiar with the Lehmann clan as I (doing a PhD on the subject does help!), John Lehmann (1907-1987) was the … Continue reading

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