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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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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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Abbey Turns the Tables: Eric Leyland, Nelson 1959

I bought this thinking it would be about a mixed-gender school, but, set at a boys’ boarding school, it’s solely a boys own adventure. I see I’ve never written a review of a boys own book before, but then I haven’t read many and most of those involved Billy Bunter. When I see boys own books in shops, I tend to wish they were girls own and move on.

The most striking feature of this book is Read more... )
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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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The Runaway Princess: Hester Browne Quercus 2013.

For a good long while, this book did not go the way I expected, influenced by the title and the blurb at the back of the book.

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Envoy on Excursion: Caryl Brahms and S.J. Simon
Michael Joseph (this edition 1954)


Detective-Inspector Adam Quill of Scotland Yard, who has previously had to deal with the insanities of the Ballet Stroganov has a new case. It is wartime, Read more... )
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Murder Most Unladylike: Robin Stevens Corgi 2014

Before Daisy Wells and narrator Hazel Wong have had a change to get bored of their secret Detective Society at Deepdean School, Read more... )

Thanks to callmemadam for drawing my attention to this book!
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Six Curtains for Stroganova: Caryl Brahms & S. J. Simon. Penguin 1953

This is the third in the series of books about the dreadful, wonderful Stroganov ballet company (previously discussed here. Read more... )

I'm also still slowly reading Blackie's Girls Annual. The last story that I read was 'The Proogle' by Alice M. Worthington, which had a great idea that it didn't exploit very well. It revolves around an object that the eldest daughter of a struggling but happy family buys as a gift at a mysterious second-hand shop. I have a weakness for mysterious second-hand shops. Read more... )
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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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Susan's Helping Hand: Jane Shaw. The Children's Press

I bought a second copy of this book because I wasn't sure if I already owned it, and it was available cheaply at a charity shop, so it wasn't as if it would cost me dear. As it turned out, I did already own a copy, given to me be a relative. In my defence, it must be many years since I read the book, and I once described these books as Susan Does Something Indistinguishable. Having very much enjoyed this reread, I feel rather mean about that, but the titles are indistinguishable though. However, if you haven't come across the adventures of Susan Lyle and her cousins the Carmichaels, they're well worth reading.

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