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Magic Flutes: Eva Ibbotson Picador 2009

I didn’t get as emotional this time as I did when first reading this, but there was certainly a moment where Tessa is so giving that made me catch my breath.

When looking up the chronology of Ibbotson’s books to see what came after ‘A Countess Below Stairs’, I discovered it was ‘Magic Flutes’, which I think was one of the last of Ibbotson’s books for adults - although it’s to be found on teenage fiction/young adult shelves now - that I came across, and that this book has won the Romantic Novel of the Year award in the early eighties. Now, I can’t claim to have read all the books in contention, but I can see why.

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Another review having to be written because of the icon!?

A Company of Swans: Eva Ibbotson. Young Picador. 2008 reprint.

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A note about tagging. I've dubbed this 'historical setting: Edwardian', taking that era in the loose sense of 'up to World War I' (thanks Wikipedia).

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