Thursday, 16 February 2017

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I read "From a Distance", her most recent book, when it was published in 2014 and have read a few of the other 8 since then. "Come and Tell Me Some Lies" was her first book, published in 1994. Although it's fiction it has hints of her own life.
 Raffaella Barker was the daughter of a poet and lived in Norfolk with numerous siblings. The main character in the story - Gabriella is the daughter of a poet, lives in a ramshackle house in Norfolk and has several siblings. See what I mean?
I enjoyed the story, a quick read but thought it was almost something for teenagers.
I also had another of her books "A Perfect Life" on loan but couldn't be bothered with it as the story was obvious from the beginning and very similar to "Hens Dancing" and "Summertime" two of her other books.
"From a Distance" is probably my favourite of her books.

 I've  read Angela Thirkell's  "Peace Breaks Out" set at the end of the war in the fictional county of Barsetshire and re-read  one of the others -  "Pomfret Towers". Easy light reading for dull February.
Also "The Expert" by Bernard Knight. One of the seven of his old crime fiction books reprinted from the 1960s. This one was actually readable compared to some of the others.
Back to the library unread went A Perfect Life, mentioned above. "Gingerbread Mansion" by Lizbie Brown because it had tiny strange typeface which I couldn't read.

Next I'll be re-reading a couple more of Angela Thirkells books unless I go and collect another of the British Library Crime Classics which is now on the reservation shelf for me or even better, "Death of Kings" the 5th and new Rennie Airth book in his Inspector John Madden historical crime series. There is a three year gap since he wrote the 4th so I've forgotten all about the character but I know they are well written.

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  1. You sound like me, collect several books from the library and read a couple take the rest back, must be better than buying and I have always loved the Library. Recently I have found Margaret Leroy, if you like books about the war these are so good, I am reading 'The Collabaorator' at the moment, can't put it down.

    1. I'm not very keen on wartime fiction unless it was actually written at the time or soon after but I will check that author out

  2. That's the good thing about borrowing books from the library - try it out, don't like it, take it back, nothing lost! Once I've tackled the books on my bookshelves I'm going to use my library more to stop them piling up again and to try new authors.

    1. Sometimes I look at the price on the back of books and think - Thank Heavens that I didn't pay that to read it!

  3. I saw a copy of Pomfret Towers at the free books place in town, and instantly thought of you! I have so many other books at present though, I didn't let myself get tempted.

    I have finally learned that you don't HAVE to finish a book because you have started it - it's OK to just put it down and start on a better one.

    1. I guess seeing an Angela Thirkell book and thinking of me is better than me seeing the old oak coffer and thinking of you!