feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
2017-07-18 06:54 pm

TENNIS – Wimbledon 2017 – week 2

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

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2017-07-11 06:30 am

REVIEW: Secrets at St Jude's - Drama Girl

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... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
2017-07-08 11:38 am

TENNIS: Wimbledon 2017 Rounds two and three

Day three - Wednesday

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Day four - Thursday

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Day five - Friday

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feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
2017-06-26 06:42 pm

TENNIS: Queen’s 2017

I didn’t start watching this until the end of Thursday, and although I was aware that Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Boat with white sail on water (Sailboat adventure)
2017-06-24 01:08 pm

OVERVIEWS: One film and two adventure stories

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
I enjoyed this well enough, considering it was narrated by a sixteen year old chauvinist Read more... )

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... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
2017-06-12 07:37 am

TENNIS: French Open 2017 semis and finals

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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2017-06-10 08:45 am

REVIEW: The Encircled Heart

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?)
2017-06-06 07:16 am

TENNIS: French Open 2017 so far

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.
feather_ghyll: Girl reading a book that is resting on her knees (Default)
2017-05-29 12:18 pm

REVIEW: Heist Society

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... )
feather_ghyll: drawing of a girl from the 1920s reading a book in a bed/on a couch (Twenties girl reader)
2017-05-21 04:11 pm

REVIEW: The Smiths of Silver Lane

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... )
feather_ghyll: Back of girl whose gloved hand is holding on to her hat. (Girl in a hat)
2017-05-19 05:59 pm

REVIEW: Daisy

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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feather_ghyll: Illustration of the Chalet against a white background with blue border (Chalet School)
2017-05-06 12:33 pm

LINKS: Various

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'.
feather_ghyll: Girl reading a book that is resting on her knees (Default)
2017-05-01 08:41 am

REVIEW: Jolly Foul Play!

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)
2017-04-26 08:15 am

REVIEW: The Abbey Girls on Trial

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))
2017-04-25 05:38 pm

OVERVIEW/POINTER: Their Finest (film)

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.