feather_ghyll: Lavendar flowers against white background (Beautiful flower (lavender))
Schooldays at the Abbey: Elsie J. Oxenham Collins 1949 (although there’s an inscription from 1956 on it)

A lot happens in this book. Because of Read more... )
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Audrey – A New Girl: Joanna Lloyd Blackie

The focus of the book is, indeed, on Audrey, who is a new girl at Read more... )
feather_ghyll: One girl seated by an easel with a watching girl standing behind (Girl painter)
Give a Form a Bad Name: Nancy Breary. Newnes, 1943

This is the funniest book I’ve read all year, and I am all the more impressed because many authors of boarding school stories set out to make you laugh at their ‘madcap’ heroines, but only manage a smile. I had to put this book down to finish laughing and then have cause to laugh again as soon I picked it back up. Breary also managed to make me care about her characters (something that Frank Richards, say, never has done.)

The form in question is Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Illustration of the Chalet against a white background with blue border (Chalet School)
The Chalet School Does It Again: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer. Armada, 1990

I am excruciatingly slowly completing my Chalet School collection, and yes, with the aid of abridged Armada publications.

The title of this story always Read more... )
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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: One girl seated by an easel with a watching girl standing behind (Girl painter)
The Jolliest Term on Record: Angela Brazil, Blackie

I’ll begin, inevitably, by listing some of the names that appear in this book: 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.

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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: Photograph of L M Montgomery at the seaside (L M Montgomery)
Last week, I went away for a few days and these are some of the books that I read then:

The School on the Moor: Angela Brazil

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Reread: A Countess Below Stairs: Eva Ibbotson

(I think I will reread all my Ibbotsons as a project.)

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Penelope’s Prefects: Judith Carr

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Beswitched: Kate Saunders (Marion Lloyd Books – Scholastic) 2013 edition

This is the story of Flora Fox, who, when we first meet her, is Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Lavendar flowers against white background (Beautiful flower (lavender))
For the School Colours: Angela Brazil. Blackie & Son.

I wish I could say this was a blossomy book, borrowing the top-hole slang that its characters use, but I can’t. Well, it isn’t too bad and it doesn’t feature that dreaded chapter of made-up stories that usually dog Brazil’s books. However, I did mentally say ‘Oh, Angela’ in a ‘what are we to do with you way’ quite a lot. It is set during World War One and features a great deal of propaganda that is glaringly cartoonish and yet sincere from a century’s distance. It’s also not quite the book it seems to be in the first chapter, and perhaps I would have preferred it if it was – I’ll explain.

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Deborah’s Secret Quest: Cecilia Falcon The Thames Publishing Co.

This is a reread – I was uncertain as to whether I already owned this book, but the copy before me was lovely and irresistible. I didn’t really remember the story, anyhow. It has a little of the feel of a serial story brought together within covers of its very own: occasionally chapters start with an unnecessary recap and it stretches a little beyond most book length school stories in terms of genre. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Boat with white sail on water (Sailboat adventure)
The Fortunes of Jacky: Katharine L. Oldmeadow The Children’s Press (This impression 1968)

So, we come to the last of my Oldmeadows, a collection that’s increased by one since I took to rereading them (see the tags). I’ve owned this book for many a year, although it was fun to reread it as an adult, while Read more... )
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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... )
feather_ghyll: Black and white photograph of early C20 girl with plait reading (Girl with a plait reading)
Kits at Clynton Court School: May Wynne. Warne. (I’m presuming it’s a reprint, the picture on the dust jacket has an accidental (?) 3D effect.

Kits arrives, or rather makes her entrance, at her new school Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
The New Girl at ‘Fir Trees’: Maud D. Rees Carey Kingsgate Press, 1948

Perhaps this book suffered a little because I’d just been reading Carola Storms the Chalet School before it, but it’s likely I still wouldn’t have liked most of the characters, anyhow.

The new girl in question Read more... )

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