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... )
feather_ghyll: Black and white body shot a row of ballet dancers (Ballet girls)
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Unpublished during her lifetime, this was one of MEA’s few forays into writing adult mysteries.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... )
feather_ghyll: Illustration of the Chalet against a white background with blue border (Chalet School)
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... )
feather_ghyll: Black and white photograph of early C20 girl with plait reading (Girl with a plait reading)
Pixie O’Shaughnessy: Mrs George de Horne Vaizey. The Religious Tract society, Thirteenth Edition

It’s nearly 20 years since I bought and, presumably, first read this book. I decided to reacquaint myself with the character having purchased ‘More about Pixie’ in 2016 and got my opportunity over the Christmas holidays - the book features a striking New Year's Eve party. Before I rereat it, Read more... )
feather_ghyll: drawing of a girl from the 1920s reading a book in a bed/on a couch (Twenties girl reader)
Nan of Northcote: Doris Pocock Ward & Lock Limited

This book starts with an election. At Northcote school, Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Photograph of L M Montgomery at the seaside (L M Montgomery)
I feel I must preface this post as it’s about an American book that references women’s suffrage by saying that I read ‘Daddy Long-Legs’ at the end of October, but hadn’t been able to finish this review until now.

Daddy Long Legs: Jean Webster, Hodder & Stoughton

When I went to see the musical adaptation of this book (four years ago, EEK!), I realised that I couldn’t find my copy of ‘Daddy Long-Legs’ (a paperback edition, with an image of Judy in her gingham dress on the cover, possibly on a swing, I think). I still haven’t found it. So, when I came across a hardback copy, I decided to buy it. I have the original cast recording of the musical, so it’s been kept fresh in my mind, but I ought to be able to revisit the original easily.

It was good to return to the book and find that Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Close-up of white flower aganst dark background (Black and white flower)
Death on the Cherwell: Mavis Doriel Hay, 2014, The British Library

Four female undergraduate students from Persephone College, Oxford University, are in the process of setting up a secret society. Its main purpose is Read more... )
feather_ghyll: (1950s green outfit)
Abbey Turns the Tables: Eric Leyland, Nelson 1959

I bought this thinking it would be about a mixed-gender school, but, set at a boys’ boarding school, it’s solely a boys own adventure. I see I’ve never written a review of a boys own book before, but then I haven’t read many and most of those involved Billy Bunter. When I see boys own books in shops, I tend to wish they were girls own and move on.

The most striking feature of this book is Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
So, the US Open results have been mildly surprising Read more... )

Now, I didn’t see any of this – but I have been watching the Paralympics, especially cycling, swimming and athletics. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
I’ve been on holiday for a few days, staying in a hotel that had Eurosport, but in German, which I don’t understand beyond ‘ja, nein, gutt, aber und schnell’, as I never attended the Chalet School. But a lot of English tennis jargon found its way in and you can work out who a player beat if the commentators keep mentioning their names. What's important is that it meant that I saw more of the US Open than I ever have, although, conversely, I had only a partial grasp of the slam Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Boat with white sail on water (Sailboat adventure)
Swallows and Amazons (2016) (PG)
Directed by: Philippa Lowthorpe
Adapted by: Andrea Gibb
From the book by: Arthur Ransome
Starring: (Grown-ups): Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott
(Swallows): Dane Hughes, Orla Hill, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Bobbie McCulloch,

This feels a little like a natives’ take on the adventures of the Swallows and Amazons. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Girl looking across unusual terrain to a full moon (Speculative fiction)
The BFG (2016) (PG)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Adapted by: Melissa Mathison
From the book by: Roald Dahl
Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton

This year is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, which has affected me less than I would have believed as a child when I devoured his books and loved them. Read more... )


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