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The Death of Lyndon Wilder and the Consequences Thereof, by E. A. Dineley (2013)

     Ridley Hall used to be a prosperous, well-maintained property, but since the death of the heir, Lieutenant Lyndon Wilder, far away on a Spanish battlefield, the house has stood shuttered and silent, and the estate has fallen into neglect. Bowed down … Continue reading

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The Children’s Book, by A. S. Byatt (2010)

          June 1895. In the lantern-strung garden of Todefright, the Wellwoods’ Kentish home, guests gather for authoress Olive Wellwood’s annual Midsummer’s Party. Among them are Major Prosper Cain, a curator of what will one day become the Victoria and … Continue reading

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The Novel in the Viola, by Natasha Solomons (2011)

          Elise Landau is almost eighteen yet in many ways she is still a child – a happy, cosseted, carefree child. But Vienna in 1937 is on the brink of momentous change and the fabric of Elise’s privileged childhood … 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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The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly (2002)

          With a name like The Tea Rose, it was probably inevitable that I would end up buying this book at some point. Such titles are as seductive to me as cheese is to a mouse. In the event, … Continue reading

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Dance with a Poor Man’s Daughter, by Pamela Jooste (1998)

     Dance with a Poor Man’s Daughter is of special interest to me because it was sent to me by family in South Africa, travelling from Cape Town to Paris in my mother’s suitcase – and like several close relatives … Continue reading

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The Camomile Lawn, by Mary Wesley (1984)

     A few days ago, sitting comfortably on the sofa, listening to popular 1940s songs by Vera Lynn, Doris Day, and Peggy Lee, the curtains drawn against yet another dark February day, I embarked upon Mary Wesley’s novel of wartime … Continue reading

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