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August Books

I'm late with this but I've written about most of them already.

Sputnik Caledonia, Andrew Crumey
The Provost’s Jewel, Elisabeth Kyle
The Careful Use of Compliments, Alexander McCall Smith
Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer, Jane Brocket
Eating for England, Nigel Slater
When Will There Be Good News? Kate Atkinson
A Company of Swans, Eva Ibbotson
The Secret Countess, Eva Ibbotson
Caught in the Light, Robert Goddard
Another superb thriller with a convoluted plot in which nothing is what it seems. Unusually, a very dark ending.
Caroline at the Film Studios, Barbara Vereker
This is the first of four books about Caroline. I shan't bother seeking out the rest, in spite of the cover.
The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, Alexander McCall Smith
I was longing to read this and am désolée to learn that there will not be another instalment next year.
The Star of Kazan, Eva Ibbotson
I started Madam Will You Talk by Mary Stewart but I realised straight away that I knew the story, although I couldn't remember the book. I think it must have been a radio play fairly recently?
Ongoing:
The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley
Why am I reading this? Ghastly old bats.
Coming Up For Air, George Orwell
Re-read of which more later.

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(Anonymous)

August Books

I don't suppose Barbara is any relation to Susie??
I cracked up when I read, "ghastly old bats." I'm still laughing. And I'm sad about no more Scotland Street books, though I still have "Scones" to read.

Re: August Books

D'you know, that had never occurred to me?

No offence to my heroine, Nancy.

Edited at 2008-09-02 07:33 pm (UTC)
I think that sums up the Mitfords very succinctly.
I can't understand all this sycophancy towards a bunch of fascists or, in the case of Jessica, a rather unpleasant person. I see I'm going to have to say this in every reply: Nancy Mitford is one of my favourite authors.
When it comes to Nancys, I'll take Blackett over Mitford every time.
Why am I reading this? Ghastly old bats.

Haha, I love your reviews! Although I don't think I'll agree with you on this one. :)
We aim to please :-)

I make an exception for Nancy. The Pursuit of Love is one of my top favourite books. The letters she wrote to Evelyn Waugh were much better than those to her sisters. I think she 'wrote up' to the master.

Barbara Vereker! Nancy Mitford

The Pursuit of Love is one of my all-time favourite books and I'm vaguely interested in the Mitfords in general, even the baddies.

As for Barbara Vereker, I don't know whether we are related by marriage or not! What sort of era is she?

By the way, thanks to you, I have just read and really enjoyed two Kate Atkinsons. Brilliant, but I find her an emotionally and intellectually exhausting writer so have now moved to a simple blokish sort of history book.



Re: Barbara Vereker! Nancy Mitford

Oh me too, The Pursuit of Love is my fail safe comfort reading. I can't see that the rest of them ever did anything to merit all the attention they get.

I can't find out anything about Barbara Vereker: she seems to have been one of those minor writers who don't make the reference books.

I'm so glad you enjoyed Kate Atkinson!