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Give a Form a Bad Name: Nancy Breary. Newnes, 1943

This is the funniest book I’ve read all year, and I am all the more impressed because many authors of boarding school stories set out to make you laugh at their ‘madcap’ heroines, but only manage a smile. I had to put this book down to finish laughing and then have cause to laugh again as soon I picked it back up. Breary also managed to make me care about her characters (something that Frank Richards, say, never has done.)

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Dimsie Goes Back: Dorita Fairlie Bruce Spring Books, published as part of the Halycon Library

This is set during Read more... )
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The Chalet School Does It Again: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer. Armada, 1990

I am excruciatingly slowly completing my Chalet School collection, and yes, with the aid of abridged Armada publications.

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I kept jotting down my thoughts, but never getting the time to post them until now.

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I wanted to get in one non-tennis post!

Secrets at St Jude’s – Drama Girl: Carmen Reid Corgi Books 2010

As I read the first half of this book, the third in the series, I was planning Read more... )
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Day three - Wednesday

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Day four - Thursday

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Day five - Friday

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I didn’t start watching this until the end of Thursday, and although I was aware that Read more... )
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My Cousin Rachel
This adaptation of Du Maurier’s book, which I haven’t read, revolves around Read more... )

Adventure on Rainbow Island by Dorothy Clewes
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I've also recently reread The Ambermere Treasure by Malcolm Saville, featuring the Jillies and Standings. I’d bought a second copy by accident, although I can see why I didn’t really remember it. Read more... )
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I didn’t see the women’s semi-finals although I had presumed that whoever won Halep vs. Pliskova would be the most likely to win the French Open.

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The Encircled Heart: Josephine Elder, Girls Gone By, 2012 reprint. (First published 1951)

Two words from the same root came to mind as I started reading this book: absorbed and absorbing. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
It's week 2 of the French Open and I haven't discussed it here - mainly because I haven't seen all of a match yet. I came close to it last night, watching most of Garcia vs. Cornet. I've watched or listened to pieces - Konta was doing well in the first round until I tuned in. I've seen bits of Murray, the enigma that is currently Djokovic, Kyle Edmund, Muguruza and Pliskova play. But not Nadal, who seems to be on fire and must surely be the strong favourite to regain his Slam, somewhat amazingly, Halep, Cilic or Thiem.

The women's side, as one always says, is madly open - even more than it was going in, with Serena Williams pregnant, Sharapova not playing (my take on it is to follow whatever the agreed procedure is for a player who has served a drugs ban), Halep, who'd apparently been good on clay injured. The focus was, rightly, on the wonderful news that Kvitova was able to play again after being stabbed. But then Kerber and other seeds went out. Pliskova is the highest ranked seed left but has done nothing at Roland Garros previously, and so it's open to whoever wins all their matches, whoever she may be.

There's something reassuring about the team that ITV has reassembled to cover the tournament - the former tennis players talk sense, some in a charming French accent, the commentators who weren't tennis players waffle and John Inverdale talks fluent pompous garbage.
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Heist Society: Ally Carter, Orchard Books 2011

Before my increasing disillusionment with Ally Carter's 'Gallagher Girls' series got really bad, I'd bought a copy of 'Heist Society', the first in another series. Having finished the Gallagher Girls books, it was time to turn to this. I hoped, at least, that she'd written it having learned about what it takes to write a series of books. I can now report that, Read more... )
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The Smiths of Silver Lane: Ethel Talbot Nelson (my copy is inscribed 1933)

As the title suggests, this is a family story. We gradually get introduced to the Smiths: Read more... )
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Daisy: Susan Warner, Miles & Miles

This is a case where a book didn’t turn out to be quite what I expected. My copy has gold blocks on its front cover and spine and the very type shouts out that from the late nineteenth century. I’d never heard of it or the author, Susan Warnerm before, but presumed it was in the Rosa N. Carey, E. Everett-Green vein. It isn’t quite.

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