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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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First Class Murder: Robin Stevens (A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery) Corgi 2015

I say, old things, I jolly well ought to put Mrs Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ on my ‘to reread’ pile!

This is the third adventure of the Detective Society, comprised of that paragon Daisy Wells and her erstwhile Watson Hazel Wong, and this time, they are Read more... )
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Out of Sight, Out of Time: Ally Carter. The Gallagher Girls, Book Five Orchard House 2011 – it looks as if this was published in the UK before the US.

'Everyone was watching, staring, waiting for...something. I wasn't sure what.' (p.24)

Not that I mentioned it in my review of Book Four of this series, but at its end Read more... )
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Death Goes to Italy: Mabel Esther Allan Greyladies (2014, I think, I don’t have the copy to hand)

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The School at the Turrets: Angela Brazil
Blackie (Reprint from the 1954 or earlier)


This is familiar territory and would be even if this wasn’t a reread – this hardback copy was an upgrade from an Armada paperback for me. Read more... )
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Girl Reading: Katie Ward Virago 2012

I picked up this book in a charity shop because of the title, of course. It’s a collection of (long) short stories that all feature girls (or women) reading that, until the last story, are only tangentially linked. The stories cover various periods of time and places and, Read more... )
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Film Review: Genova (rated 15)

Directed/Written By: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Perla Haney-Jardine (Mary); Willa Holland (Kelly); Colin Firth (Joe); Catherine Keener (Barbara); Hope Davis (Marianne)
http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0791303/

It occurred to me that it might be worth mentioning this film here, as it arguably has a girl protagonist (although it's equally arguable that it's about the whole family, and it's certainly not a children's film) and tells a story of a family that travels together and grieves and perhaps heals. Read more... )
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First of all, I've been revisiting my review of the Nancy Drew film, which should teach me not to comment on things I haven't read/seen, because I liked it despite my misgivings when I heard of the project, but when you have a gut reaction to a childhood friend being brought 'up to date'... Here's a link I came across on the rebranded (ugh) Famous Five: The Next Generation (ugh) that articulates some of said gut reaction. My Son is Disgusted. from The Age of Uncertainty.

I think I've mentioned or linked to stuff that's mentioned this rebranding of the Famous Five before (see the tags). I probably shouldn't comment, because I had a clear-out of most of my Blytons many years ago (I may even have got rid of the school stories). But the Famous Five were always my favourite over The Secret Seven, and I remember liking the one where Anne got a spine, and disliking the later series that was written by someone else and translated into the English. But this latest new version? Sounds a bit rum to me.

I've also reread

Veronica in Venice: Jill Stevens, Nelson 1964

It was one of the books that I rediscovered a while ago, and I decided to pick it up and reread it, because I honestly didn't remember it, despite being set in Venice. That was probably not a good sign. Read more... )
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Made the unexpected purchase of a Mabel Esther Allan the other day. Well, not entirely unexpected, as charity shops and second hand bookstalls are my weakness, and you do find these books there...*

Anyway, yesterday, I reread 'Three Towers in Tuscany' after 'discovering' that it's the first in a series. I say discovering because it says so plain on the back page. My copy is a first publication and is ex-library - a Scottish library, so I got it on holiday there I think, though I can't remember the exact year and am too lazy to figure it out precisely. I must have been early to mid teens when I got it though. And I either paid 5p or 75p for it.

Three Towers in Tuscany: Malcolm Saville, Heinemann, 1963.

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*It was an English-language book at the Eisteddfod! But it's set in Wales, which is probably why they were selling it. However, I am still puzzling over their rationale for including 'Cranford' which is not set in Wales, nor does it have any overt Welsh connection. But maybe it's okay because it's a classic???

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