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The Evening Chorus
The Evening Chorus | Helen Humphreys
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Shot down on his first RAF mission, James Hunter spends his war in a German prison camp. The other captive soldiers busy themselves planning their escapes, but James dedicates himself to a detailed study of the redstarts nesting just beyond the camp boundaries - a project that gives him something to live for and earns him an unusual ally in the Kommandant in charge of the camp. Rose, James's young wife, is spending her war in a cottage on the lip of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, with her dog Harris for company. She'd hardly known James before he went away and can barely engage with his letters, which talk of nothing but birds. Now she has fallen in love with someone else - Toby, a young pilot home on sick leave. They meet secretly at night. Then James's brusque sister Enid is bombed out of her flat in London and comes to live in Rose's tiny cottage. Little more than strangers, both women are guarded, and Rose tries to conceal her affair from Enid. But later both look back on this strange interlude as one of their happiest. Beautifully written and full of moments of hope, The Evening Chorus is a stirring story about love and the natural world, set against the backdrop of the Second World War.
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saresmoore
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Oh my goodness, what a beautiful, thoughtful, and unexpected parcel from @TrishB ! Thank you, my friend! It brought tears to my eyes when I unwrapped the Helen Humphreys book. I feel truly honored by your gift. ♥️♥️♥️

Elliott has already expressed her admiration for the sticky notes, so I imagine I‘ll be sharing those. 😊 I also love the card and plan to proudly display it.

erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful gifts and that‘s a lovely edition. 💗 7mo
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Isn‘t it gorgeous? I‘m a bit overwhelmed! 7mo
batsy How lovely! 💕 7mo
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LeahBergen How sweet!! 💕💕 7mo
ephemeralwaltz Gorgeous! 7mo
TrishB So glad it arrived safely and just sorry it didn‘t arrive for your actual birthday ❤️ enjoy when you get to it! I think you will 😁 (edited) 7mo
saresmoore @TrishB I‘m sure I will love it! Thank you again, Trish! ♥️♥️♥️ 7mo
BarbaraBB What a great gift 💕 7mo
Centique Oh wow that book is gorgeous @TrishB 💕 Happy belated birthday Sara! (edited) 7mo
saresmoore @Centique Thank you and the same to you! 7mo
kspenmoll So thoughtful of @TrishB . Love book cover! 7mo
Suet624 How lovely! 7mo
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TrishB
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Sighs.....beautiful writing. Simple, yet poignant story, linking the wonder of nature to the rhythm of day to day life. I am always in awe of her writing.

saresmoore I love her writing so much! 9mo
TrishB @saresmoore it‘s beautiful and sparse, I can read the same sentence several times and still be amazed. 9mo
wordzie ❤ The cover 9mo
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Melissa_J Have you read The Lost Garden? It‘s my favourite of Humphreys‘ books 9mo
Coffeedaily Beautiful cover art. 9mo
Reggie Sigh.. nice review. Sigh... stacked. 9mo
Tanisha_A Ooh, and the cover! 😍 9mo
TrishB @wordzie @Coffeedaily @Tanisha_A it‘s lovely isn‘t it ❤️ 9mo
TrishB @Melissa_J that was my first 💕 a total #blameitonlitsy as I‘d never heard of her before. It‘s a wonderful little book. 9mo
TrishB @Reggie welcome 😘 9mo
Cathythoughts Sounds beautiful... must investigate this writer ♥️👍🏻 9mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts this has been my fav so far 9mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou. ! Duly noted 👍🏻♥️ 9mo
Lindy ❤️Helen Humphreys ❤️ 9mo
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TrishB
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Full of wonderful writing as always from Humphreys.

Cathythoughts Great quote ♥️♥️👍🏻 9mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts she writes so beautifully. 9mo
Aimeesue Thought this was a Doctor Who quote at first. 😄 9mo
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Severnmeadows A wonderful quote. 9mo
TrishB @Aimeesue 👍🏻😁 9mo
TrishB @Severnmeadows it really is 😁 9mo
Reggie That‘s nice. 9mo
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Bibliogeekery
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I just finished re-reading this amazing book! A man makes meaning out of his time in a prisoner-of-war camp through studying birds, two women try to survive the war in their own ways. Helen Humphreys' precise lyrical prose and mastery over narrative makes this book a true joy to read!

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Bibliogeekery
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Audiobook in my backyard before the clients start for the day 😍📚

arubabookwoman Beautiful bark—what kind of trees are those? 1y
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Bibliogeekery
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2BR02B Lovely! 🌸 1y
Lindy Pretty peonies, gorgeous book. 1y
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Bibliogeekery
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Listening to my audiobook while I wait to vote! So nervous that my province is about to elect our own version of Trump. 😳

kgriffith Our 45 mini-me is getting replaced this November, thank goodness, and hopefully the new ranked-choice voting system will prevent what happened the last two election cycles that put him in the governor‘s mansion to begin with. 1y
tournevis I cautiously optimistic that the high level soap opera of the last two weeks *may* swing the vote to orange. Knocking on all the wooden surfaces I find. 1y
Bibliogeekery @tournevis I *really* hope so 😳🤪🤢 1y
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Read66 Heading out to vote now to try and help prevent that 1y
janeycanuck On the plus side, the senate passed the cannabis bill yesterday so we *may* be able to survive the next four years. 1y
AiBBot Ugh 1y
Bibliogeekery @AiBBot Super Ugh! 💔😳🤢😭 1y
AiBBot Our work continues to support the vulnerable and teach the new generation what true leadership should look like. Game on. 📚 1y
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TrishB
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Today‘s #bookmail.
The 2 Helen Humphreys are hardback and were Q9 used plus postage. They are brand new and look like they‘ve never been read. Bargain ?
My son wants to read the Clinton/Patterson one.

Kalalalatja What a steal! 2y
minkyb Nice! 2y
TrishB @Kalalalatja I know 😁 very pleased! 2y
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DeborahSmall Love that bird cover! 2y
LeahBergen Ooo! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
batsy Lucky finds 💕 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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Suzze That was my mom‘s favorite flower. Mine haven‘t bloomed yet. I don‘t think they get enough sun. 2y
Bibliogeekery @Suzze they are so lovely! Hope yours bloom and you have a nice memory of your mom! 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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Jaimelire Lovely! 2y
DivineDiana So unusual! Beautiful! 2y
Betty Julie sent email to us in #qgp1 asking for your address so that she can send you Luna. 2y
Bibliogeekery @Betty thanks so much for letting me know!! I hadn't checked that account in months! I thought it was linked to my main account but apparently not. Thanks again! 2y
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callielafleur Ooooo alliums! So pretty! 2y
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Cathythoughts Beautiful 💕 2y
stacybmartin Those are so pretty!! 💜 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💜 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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Excited to try to audiobook version of this amazing book!

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Bibliogeekery
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HUGE NEWS in my life: I have been accepted into a six day writing retreat where my instructor will be HELEN HUMPHREYS!!!!! Am I a writer? Only for my own amusement. Am I excited to be taught by one of my most favourite authors? Out of my mind excited! Am I intimidated that I have to produce a writing sample this weekend that Helen Humphreys is going to read? Yup. What have I done?!?!

AmyG Congrats!!! 2y
Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 2y
Redwritinghood Wow! Congratulations! 2y
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batsy Oh my gosh!! That's amazing! Congratulations ❤️ 2y
ephemeralwaltz Congratulations!!!!👏🏼🎉 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 😮 wow! So excited for you! 2y
JoScho That is amazing!! 2y
megt Congratulations! 2y
LeahBergen That‘s fantastic!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Xeroaa13 Congrats!! 2y
Melissa_J That‘s fabulous! 2y
Eyelit Awesomeness!! 2y
xicanti Congratulations! 2y
Bibliogeekery @Lindy - I feel like you'll understand my excitement about this! 2y
Jas16 Congratulations! 2y
asiriusreader Congrats!! 2y
Lindy That‘s fantastic! Be brave and be authentic and you will be fine. Congratulations! 2y
Bibliogeekery @Lindy thanks, Lindy! I'm so excited and a bit nervous! 2y
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huntersmom1977
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" The miracle of birds is not that they can fly, but that they touch down " ???

Bibliogeekery Such a great book but such a great author! 2y
huntersmom1977 @Bibliogeekery Yes!! I read your comments about her on your entry and can't wait to read her others 2y
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huntersmom1977
The Evening Chorus | Helen Humphreys

" I like the candour of dogs. They're always honest about what they're feeling "

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huntersmom1977
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Set in 1940's wartime, but not a war book. Beautifully written and very engaging. I also learnt about the different species of birds and even a bit about certain plants and herbs

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Bibliogeekery
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Thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this gorgeous book by one of my most cherished authors. #LitsyAtoZ #letterH #queerbooks @BookishMarginalia

readinginthedark I can't believe I've never heard of this; it sounds so good! 3y
Bibliogeekery @readinginthedark it's her second newest book. It's so so good!! 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Gratuitous tropical evening shot! Can't help it - will be back to eternal winter in a few short days!!

Redjewel_7734 Gorgeous! I'm jealous! 3y
Melwilk Lovely! 3y
Jeanette Oh, where is this?! I was in St. Thomas a couple of months ago and am missing it a lot! 3y
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Bibliogeekery @Jeanette Holguin, Cuba!! 3y
Merethebookgal Gorgeous! 3y
Jeanette It's so beautiful! 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Finished re-reading this gorgeous book aloud to my partner beside the ocean! 😍 (I can't help myself with these photos! I live in Canada where winter is endless!!)🏖️

sherryvdh Looks beautiful! Lucky you! 3y
MyNamesParadise Gorgeous!! Where's the pic taken? 3y
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Gleefulreader I'm loving the pictures! 3y
Tanner Nice! We have rain here in Ontario but I hear more snow is coming tomorrow or Thursday. I'd stay south! 3y
Bibliogeekery @Tanner yikes! I'm back on Saturday. Maybe I could just miss my flight. . . 3y
Tanner @Bibliogeekery Probably a good plan. It's very cold and windy with snow squalls where I am. 🌬 3y
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Lindy
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Helen Humphreys chatted with me while we waited for a book event in 2013, telling about her fascination with a British officer who studied birds while in a WWII German prison camp. I later tracked down & read Buxton's monograph about redstarts. Humphreys' thoughtful, poetic & powerful novel inspired by Buxton's life was published in 2015. #fictionnonfictionpairings

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mllemay
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Finally sat down long enough to finish book 2 of #biblioweekend. I loved it! This is a very unusual World War II novel. It's hard to describe without ruining it...all I'll say is that it's a character study on the impact of war, loneliness, and kindness. If you like slow-going, character-centric stories, you should definitely give this a shot.

Bibliogeekery I'm glad you liked it! 3y
mllemay @Bibliogeekery yes! Will be reading more from her for sure! 3y
Jilanna @mllemay - I really liked Coventry. 3y
mllemay @Jilanna that's good to know! Thanks :) 3y
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mllemay
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Almost done with book 2 of #biblioweekend but I'm keeping the last 70 pages for tomorrow 😴 So happy that there's still two full weekend days to read!

Bibliogeekery Love this book from one of my favourite authors!! #queerbooks 3y
mllemay @Bibliogeekery I picked it totally at random on the "new in" shelf at the library and it's so good! I'm really glad I took it home with me ? 3y
Bibliogeekery Wow! What a great author to randomly stumble across! I love when that happens! 3y
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