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Over the Sea to School: Mabel Esther Allan. Blackie

I didn’t realise that the title was a play on the song ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ until I read the book. Read more... )
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Over the Sea to School: Mabel Esther Allan Blackie

[This is a Welsh translation of my review of this book. The original will be posted forthwith.]

Nid oeddwn i’n deall bod y teitl yn chwarae ar y gân ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ tan i fi ddarllen y llyfr. Read more... )
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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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I followed the second week of the US Open, mainly by reading news reports and listening to the radio, and despite the attempts of the commentators to create word pictures, it’s still not the same, especially when my hands run out of busy work.

But 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... )
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I’ve been on holiday abroad – my next review will tell you where. I found bookshops everywhere I went (well, in one place, I had the help of a guidebook). Second-hand bookshops smell like second-hand bookshops – a comforting smell – even if their English-language sections are small (and overpriced). There will, hopefully, be reviews of some of the books I read when not sight-seeing or when I was resting my weary feet.

I had access to Eurosport, which meant I saw bits of the US Open, Read more... )
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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... )
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Dimsie Goes Back: Dorita Fairlie Bruce Spring Books, published as part of the Halycon Library

This is set during Read more... )
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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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I kept jotting down my thoughts, but never getting the time to post them until now.

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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... )
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Day three - Wednesday

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Day five - Friday

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