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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... )
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Nan of Northcote: Doris Pocock Ward & Lock Limited

This book starts with an election. At Northcote school, Read more... )
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This itty-bitty post is bought to you by there being no Olympics on TV for another four years. I expect that the people running it would want more attention to be given to heartwarming stories about sportsmanship rather than other, less ennobling things. And so I oblige.

I did want to mention the hockey, because I found myself watching the exciting women's gold medal match on Friday, I think it was. Wasn't the British goalie amazing? Or should I say English? In the tradition of talking enthusiastically about a sport I know nothing about, are there seriously no outstanding Scottish or Welsh hockey players?

Anyway, international hockey is fierce based on that match and what little else I saw from Rio. There was talk of stitches and wired jaws! It doesn't come off as so violent in girls own books. I know there is talk of sticks and wild play when new girls play for the first time and, yes, there are injuries, but they're usually predictable and in service to the story: one player is injured so she can no longer play and the new girl in the fourth or the rebel who didn't impress the games captain at the start of term can show her mettle.

The force of watching top-class female team sports did strike me anew these Olympics.
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The Little Betty Wilkinson: Evelyn Smith. Blackie

There is an explanation for the title, which seems an odd one for a school story and more suitable for a late nineteenth century/turn of the twentieth girls’ story by a Mrs A.B.C. Double-Barrel. I’ll get to it in a moment.

At the start of the book, Betty Wilkinson’s life is Read more... )
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Happy Easter!

A Term on Trial: Mary Gervaise Cassell (First published in 1929)

It’s been far too long since I’ve read a proper girls own book, by which I mean a boarding school story, and this one features a lot of staples of the genre.

Barbara ‘Bobby’ Laurence Read more... )
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While others DANCE: Barbara Beacham Phoenix 1991

(That is how the title is set up on the front cover, the spine and the title page, although it’s the calmer ‘While others dance’ in the British cataloguing library information.)

By the time I got my hands on this, I was already a big fan of ballet stories (having come across the Sadlers Wells series, at least, if not Drina etc) and boarding school stories (Mallory Towers, St Clare’s, the Chalet School and non-serials) so this was bound to appeal to me as a child.Read more... )
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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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Secrets at St Jude’s – Jealous Girl: Carmen Reid. Corgi, 2009

I used the word 'breezy' to describe the first book in the Secrets at St Jude's series, New Girl reviewed here and the same word came to mind for its sequel. Read more... )

Polished at 29/7/14.
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If you click on the ‘katherine l. oldmeadow’ tag below, you'll see that I’ve been gradually and deliberately rereading my incomplete set of Oldmeadows. Reading Mrs A.C. Osborn Hann's 'The Redhead Patrol' reminded me to come to this next.

The Pimpernel Patrol: Katharine L. Oldmeadow, Collins

On the face of it, this is Oldmeadow’s most conventional book (that I own). Read more... )
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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 made the effort to find out most of the results yesterday (it looks as if the women's singles results are surprisingly NOT going to be a surprise) and then to watch matches on the BBC's website. I did manage to squeeze in some gymnastics and swimming as well. Is it true that Gary Lineker is one of the highest paid BBC presenters now? I don't know if it's because I keep catching him interviewing overwhelmed champions, but the words 'hole' 'sucking' and 'charisma' have been coming to mind when I've seen him, whereas Claire Baldwin, for instance, is much more engaging.

Anyway, back to the tennis! Read more... )

I find it interesting that I have no desire to watch hockey, although I'll happily read descriptions of matches in fiction. Of course, in Girls Own books, they're usually from a player's POV and, if you're lucky, reveal something about character.
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A Popular Schoolgirl: Angela Brazil

I had an ‘oh, Angela’ moment when Read more... )

Sara Gay Model Girl in New York: Janey Scott

That's New York, 1961 - fit for girls. Read more... )

Dance with me by Victoria Clayton

Recommended. Read more... )

I look forward to reading more by Clayton (I think another book of hers may have been recommended by [personal profile] callmemadam.)

Finally I reread Three go to Switzerland: Mabel Esther Allan

It can’t have made much impact on me before, because I didn’t remember anything as I read it. Read more... )
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Class: Jane Beaton Sphere 2008

I came across this book in a charity shop. It’s a chick-litty, modern day take on the boarding school genre, written for girls who wanted to go to Mallory Towers, whether that was a few years ago or, as in my case, quite a few years ago.

Read more... )
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Jan of the Fourth: Christine Chaundler. Nelson

We’re not just talking about a Fourth form here, but a Middle Fourth, the lowest Middle form at St Anne’s, a large boarding school. Read more... )
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I hope everyone had a happy Easter! I had a chance to catch up on some reading and quite a few were Girls Ownish-type books, so I have a backlog of reviews to post. First, a tale of an intra-school feud, spy hunting, a dash of hockey and alarm clocks under pillows.

The Denehurst Secret Service: Gwendoline Courtney Girls Gone By 2005.

Read more... )
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I just put this down with a smile on my face...

Phyllida in Form III: Evelyn Smith. Blackie 1953?

I've written about Evelyn Smith here before, but feel I should point out that if you love girls' own and haven't read anything by her, you are missing out a treat.Read more... )
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Daisy Pulls it Off (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Sherman Theatre, 4/4/2009)

Daisy Pulls it Off
Written by: Denise Deegan

Well played, Denise Deegan!

Last night, I went to see Daisy Pulls it Off, which I have been itching to see since I first heard of it - a play that gently sends up and celebrates girls' boarding school stories. At the start of the year, I saw that this production was on and rushed to buy a ticket. As the date approached, I began to wonder how they'd handle the material, I only knew a rough outline of the story, but I started worrying that the production would poke fun in the wrong way, but it didn't and now I really want a copy of the play. Oh, and I'm really rather chuffed.

Read more... )

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