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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.

Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Illustration of the Chalet against a white background with blue border (Chalet School)
Here are some links I have meant to post for a good long while:

The Chalet School at War review by Did You Ever Stop to Think

From the same blog, a thought-provoking analysis of the first page of ‘The School at the Chalet’.

Also, a review of Head Girl of the Chalet School

And her Chalet School tag

[dreamwidth.org profile] el_staplador sings the praises of 'Ballet Shoes’ (from a feminist standpoint) here.

I couldn't see who whad written about coming to Anne Shirley for the first time as an adult at Vulpes Libris.

A review of Miss Buncle’s Book by Carrie S, which I found charming. My first D.E. Stevenson book was 'Amberwell', which I probably was too young for. I liked the idea of children growing up in a stately family home, but was quite upset that their lives turned out to be sad and full of strife. I find Stevenson variable in quality, but 'Miss Buncle’s Book' is one of my favourite books of hers,

The author of the recently reviewed Tam Lin can be found on Livejournal/Dreamwidth [livejournal.com profile] pameladean/[dreamwidth.org profile] pameladean.

Finally, and this is relatively breaking news, the BBC is adapting 'Little Women'.
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Jolly Foul Play!: Robin Stevens, Puffin, 2016

The fourth ‘A Most Unladylike Mystery’ or ‘Wells and Wong’ mystery follows our heroines, schoolgirl detectives Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells, back to Deepdean School. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Back of girl whose gloved hand is holding on to her hat. (Girl in a hat)
The Abbey Girls on Trial: Elsie J. Oxenham Collins (between 1949 and 1951)

I found myself reading the first few chapters of this book with more interest than I’d expected, given the last few Abbey Girls books that I’ve read, Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Lavendar flowers against white background (Beautiful flower (lavender))
Just a quick pointer to Their Finest, a film out last Friday. Set during the Blitz, it’s about a writer, Catrin Cole, who got into writing films, first infomercials and then a film to bolster spirits. I remember reading an interview with Gemma Arterton, who plays Catrin (and gets the Welsh accent about 90 per cent right), where she said something like it contained multitudes – there’s comedy, there’s tragedy, there’s romance, and part of that romance is the making of movies. It features west Wales pretending to be Devon (in the film) pretending to be Dunkirk (in the film within the film). I found it involving and moving, with good actors and a definitely female point of view. I keep wanting to call it ‘Their Finest Hour’ but it’s based on a novel called ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’ which is a phrase that’s used in the movie.
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While We Still Live: Helen MacInnes, Titan, January 2013

In a way, the setting of this book is timely – I don’t think I’d read about Poland’s experiences during the end of 1939 before and they are salutary. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: One girl seated by an easel with a watching girl standing behind (Girl painter)
The Jolliest Term on Record: Angela Brazil, Blackie

I’ll begin, inevitably, by listing some of the names that appear in this book: Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Lavendar flowers against white background (Beautiful flower (lavender))
Magic Flutes: Eva Ibbotson Picador 2009

I didn’t get as emotional this time as I did when first reading this, but there was certainly a moment where Tessa is so giving that made me catch my breath.

When looking up the chronology of Ibbotson’s books to see what came after ‘A Countess Below Stairs’, I discovered it was ‘Magic Flutes’, which I think was one of the last of Ibbotson’s books for adults - although it’s to be found on teenage fiction/young adult shelves now - that I came across, and that this book has won the Romantic Novel of the Year award in the early eighties. Now, I can’t claim to have read all the books in contention, but I can see why.

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feather_ghyll: drawing of a girl from the 1920s reading a book in a bed/on a couch (Twenties girl reader)
Dimsie and the Jane Willard Foundation (The Dimsie short stories): Dorita Fairlie Bruce, Girls Gone By, 2011

I first came across Dorita Fairlie Bruce via the Springdale books, and until I bought this collection, I owned an equal amount of Dimsie and Springdale books. If I ever do get a complete collection of the Dimsie books, I should probably read them in order!

Anyway, this is a complete collection of the stories about Dimsie and her school written by Fairlie Bruce for various annuals. They are Read more... )
feather_ghyll: One girl seated by an easel with a watching girl standing behind (Girl painter)
Gratis, a lesson you'd think I would have learned: when buying a second-hand book, it is worth checking the last page, not to scan the content - I'm no advocate of that! - but to make sure that it's there. The last page of a story has to be the most irritating missing page. This lesson did not come about as a result of the book I'm about to review.

The Girls of Chequertrees: Marion St John Webb Harrap October 1925

This is a reread because I accidentally purchased a second copy of this book, having forgotten I already owned one, and I’d forgotten the story too. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Black and white photograph of early C20 girl with plait reading (Girl with a plait reading)
This has to be the most ill-timed review I've ever posted, but I also read and enjoyed this book over the weekend, before I knew that there was going to be a Storm Doris. I've overheard a conversation bemoaning the use of the name 'Doris' - it's associated with nice women, apparently!

Doris’s High School Days: Clarice March. Blackie

A few pages in, Read more... )
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Death Goes Dancing: Mabel Esther Allan, Greyladies, 2014

Unpublished during her lifetime, this was one of MEA’s few forays into writing adult mysteries. As the title suggests, Read more... )
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I haven't posted much about books so far this year, but I haven't read many books, or so it feels, but I tried to make up for it over the past weekend.

Gerry Goes to School: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Chambers, ‘latest reprint’ 1952.

Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
As I write, Great Britain is up 2 rubbers (or matches) to 1 in its tie against Canada in the Davis Cup. Read more... )

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