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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... )
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I don't know if I'll get around to typing up a full review of 'Molly Hazeldene's Schooldays' by Maud Forsey, which I read over the holidays, but I felt it should be noted that one of the other school girls is named, rather magnificently, Leah Venus Sheepwash.

Looking back, my favourite Girls Own books read in 2014 were The Scholarship Girl at Cambridge by Josephine Elder, Dimity Drew's First Term by Nancy Breary and Mullion by Mabel Esther Allan. I also loved Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (and look forward to more Wells and Wong cases) and enjoyed rereading The Chalet School and the Lintons.
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The Scholarship Girl at Cambridge: Josephine Elder Girls Gone By Publishers 2012

In this sequel to The Scholarship Girl, (I wrote about it in passing here) we Read more... )

I read the introduction etc after the main story. A short story by Joesphine Elder is included where a bunch of schoolgirls get their comeuppance - suggesting again the paucity of university stories for girls, even by this author, because you'd have thought GGBP would have put in a story of university life were a suitable one available.
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Ah, the crisp, unique sound of Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

Last night, I arrived home just before the switchover to BBC Two, Read more... )

I had hoped to type up and post a review of The Scholarship Girl at Cambridge before Wimbledon started and sucked up my free time, but it wasn't to be.
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I note this because it’s happened in the last two girls own stories that I’ve read, and doesn’t happen that often. Among the stories in Blackie’s Girls Annual (see this entry) is Read more... )

How rare do you feel fighting is in Girls Own? Are there authors that are more likely to write about it than others? What stance do they take (eg is is a 'wild' girl who hasn't had a mother/has been brought up with several brothers?)? Is there a change in attitudes over the years (did I miss the Fight Club Term at Trebizon?)
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I had a good book shopping expedition yesterday, and after a few wasted expeditions, I needed one. Two girls own books and one annual (with a contribution by Josephine Elder), a few murder mysteries and the next book in a series I'm reading that I'd have been happy to pay full price for, but didn't have to, because charity shops can be wonderful.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You: Ally Carter Orchard Books 2009

The first in the Gallagher Girls series has definitely left me wanting to read more. Cleverly, the promotional blurb in the opening pages doesn’t quote other writers, but girls from the target audience. And what girl wouldn’t love to read a story about a boarding school for girls who are training to be spies? I would have, and though I’m not a girl any more, I enjoyed this.

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A collection of links, some of them related to recent posts and things of interest, some that I came across quite some time ago.

Swallows and Amazons memorobilia here!

A critical review of Diana Wynne Jones's The Game (in lieu of my thoughts which I never did write up) by a DWJ fan.

Author Hilary Mantel talks about looking for female role models in 19th century novels
with specific reference to Jo March, Katy Carr and Jane Eyre, discussiong her childish reaction to them, and some other aspects, such as the picture of contemporary London and interaction with real personages in What Katy Did Next.

A nice description of 'Remembering my best find'. I don't hink I can remember a best find so clearly, but I do know from experience that it's always worth trying even the least promising shop.

A review of the production of Daisy Pulls it Off that I saw.

Greyladies a new publishing venture that's just registered on me radar - Girls Gone By's older sister? - that I'm definitely interested in.

Wikipedia's potted history of Josephine Elder.

ETA: I nearly forgot, Happy Easter!
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Evelyn Finds Herself: Josephine Elder. Girls Gone By, 2006.

As I said, I really enjoyed this book. It actively made me think about girlhood and growing up/developing because it treats the process far less superficially than most Girls Own books. Read more... )
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I'm reading Girls Gone By's republishing of Evelyn Finds Herself - what an absorbing book, and I definitely join the readers who rate it highly. I'm partly writing this to defer reaching the ending, partly to get these thoughts down now. I read some of the introductory stuff - some I left to read after finishing the book and some for after I've read a non-fiction book that I have about girls' education (don't hold your breath about when that'll be). Read more... )

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