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Severnmeadows

Severnmeadows

Joined February 2019

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Reasons to Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe
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The Emperor's Babe by Bernardine Evaristo
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‘If you want to write, it turns out you have to live at the same time. And if you decide to make a go at living, it turns out you need a lot of people to help you along the way.‘
I‘ve just finished this lovely book. She goes out on Newlyn fishing boats for a week at a time, learns how to gut fish, gets to know (and truly becomes part of) the crew, learns about their lives.
In fact she learns all the time. A passionate book.

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I‘ve become a real fan of Natalie Haynes, listening to her #OvidnotCovid series on Twitter, and ‘Natalie Haynes stands up for the classics‘ on BBC Radio 4.
Just finished this thoughtful, approachable book about Greece and Rome, and contemporary times. I learned a lot!

Velvetfur Hiya! I'm having a clear-out and I've been looking at who's added books I've reviewed to their stack - I can see you added 'La Cucina' by Lily Prior to your TBR, so would you like to have my copy? 🙂 2y
Severnmeadows @Velvetfur That‘s very kind, Thankyou! I would 😊 (ps I‘m in the UK) (edited) 2y
Bookwomble This sounds fascinating. Stacked 📚😊 2y
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Tiny Moons | POWLES
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A memorable small book from the small Emma Press, available at Amazon etc. Moving through the year with different Chinese food for each season, almost every page is crammed with pan-fried dumplings, sticky rice dumplings, pineapple buns and many many more. It made me hungry and envious! As strong a theme is family and memories of home, and what home means as you grow up and make a life on your own.
I‘ve already given Tiny Moons to two people.😊

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The Penguin Book of Welsh Verse | Anthony Conran, John Ellis Caerwyn Williams
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Month of May, loveliest season - bright sunshine on the garden this morning, 1st of May.

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A great Irish poet (d. 27th April 2020)

Sea Change

What did he leave me, my grandfather,
Who lost his life in a spring tempest
At the Chaussée des Pierres Noires
At the edge of Biscay?

With his roof of half-seen stars
His salty walls rising higher and higher
To the last inch of the horizon
He built nothing I could live in.
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The Wise Robin | Noel Barr
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I‘ve just been gathering ladybirds ‘well loved tales‘ for when latest grandchildren reach about 4. Published in 1950, this was always my favourite of the Ladybird books- 60 or so years ago! 😊

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Halfway through. Im absorbed! The author goes back to the Cornwall of her childhood (and forbears), goes out on a trawler for a week, interviews fishermen. An atmospheric book.

rockpools Welcome back! I hadn‘t heard of this one. 2y
Severnmeadows @RachelO Thank you! This is my 3rd book from Cornwall I‘ve read in the last year, and each have been full of new ideas, wonderful reads. Homesick - why I live in a shed by Catrina Davies, The Salt Path Raynor Winn. (edited) 2y
rockpools @Severnmeadows I loved the Salt Path, and Homesick is on my radar but I haven‘t got there yet. 2y
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Learning some lovely recipes here!😊
#recipes

ValerieAndBooks What is that on the cover?! It looks amazing. 3y
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Come-read-with-me @Severnmeadows This is so visually appealing! Thanks for sharing 💗 3y
Ruthiella Very cool! I‘ve never tried Lessing‘s sci-fi titles. 3y
Severnmeadows @Come-read-with-me @Ruthiella yes, I love these covers. Shikasta; Marriages of Zones Three, Four and Five; Representative of Planet 8 are among my very favourite books. (I think my favourite Lessing is Mara and Dann 😊). (edited) 3y
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Rural rides | William Cobbett
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It‘s often harrowing. She‘s a wonderful writer. ‘I listened to the storm blow itself out, huddling in the sleeping bag with my hot-water bottle. The shed was still rattling, only much less violently now. I felt a growing sense of well-being. I was warm (thanks to the hot-water bottle) and (mostly) dry. My shelter was still standing. For the first time in a long time, in spite of the fact that sleeping in the shed was illegal... I felt safe.‘

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Velvetfur I really like the sound of this from the synopsis....stacked! 👍 3y
Cathythoughts Lovely 💙 3y
batsy This is really pretty! 3y
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Severnmeadows @velvetfur I hope you enjoy it 😊 3y
Severnmeadows @Betsy @Cathythoughts Yes! It could be the cover for Far from the Madding Crowd, but the first few chapters I‘ve read are full of a modern kind of frustration and worries - but it‘s very good. 3y
sudi Beautiful 😍 3y
readordierachel Ooh, that's lovely 3y
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The House Without Windows | Barbara Newhall Follett
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batsy So fascinating! I've added it to my wishlist :) 3y
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Surfacing | Kathleen Jamie
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Kathleen Jamie‘s new book arrived today - my favourite Scottish poet - this time prose. Very happy 😊
The book starts: she‘s in a West Highland cave...on the next page the bones of a bear are discovered - which turn out to be 45,000 years old...

DivineDiana Sounds like a great read! Stacked! 3y
Severnmeadows @DivineDiana Great! 😊 I just love her work. 3y
Palimpsest Pretty cover and I like your linen background as well. 3y
Severnmeadows @Palimpsest 😊 Thankyou. Surfacing is resting on a cushion- I‘m fond of them too 3y
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Independent People | Halldor Laxness
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#covercrush #7Days7Covers Day 4 ⛰💨🌬🌦🌫🗻

Cathythoughts Love it ♥️💙 3y
Severnmeadows @Cathythoughts 😊 Everyone I know who‘s read it has said it‘s a beautiful book, but they end up deeply disliking the central character. 3y
Cathythoughts Stacking. Don‘t they say almost everyone in Iceland has written a book. ...I‘ll give it a go 👍🏻♥️ 3y
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batsy @Severnmeadows @Cathythoughts It's a beautiful big book 💜 The main character does elicit a lot of feelings! 3y
Severnmeadows @batsy @Cathythoughts I enjoyed having read the Penguin Classics Njal‘s Saga ⛰🔥🗡 beforehand - it fitted so well in many ways with the world of Independent People 😊 3y
batsy Oh, smart idea to have read it beforehand! 👍🏽 I'm adding it to the list—thanks! 3y
TrishB Lovely 💕 3y
Severnmeadows @batsy do you remember that magical atmospheric reindeer ‘hunt‘ in the snow somewhere in the middle of the book? 😊 That‘s the bit I never forgot- a short story on its own! 3y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Norwich library today 😊📗📚📘📗
#library #librariesoflitsy

sudi It looks so futuristic 😍 3y
Severnmeadows @sudi It‘s a great place to read and have coffee 😊 3y
DivineDiana Now that‘s a fabulous library! 3y
Severnmeadows @DivineDiana I love that through the glass you can see 2 buildings about 600 and 900 years old 😊 3y
DivineDiana That makes it even more fantastic! 3y
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Cathythoughts Beautiful! Stunning ! 3y
Severnmeadows @Cathythoughts It‘s one of the books I‘ve owned longest, and taught me a lot. 3y
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Sudden Traveller | Sarah Hall
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Looking forward very much to the November publishing date. Sarah Hall has become one of my favourite writers.

Cathythoughts I loved Mrs Fox ! And look forward to The Wolf Boarder. Stacking this one 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Severnmeadows @Cathythoughts that story in Mrs Fox of a woman crossing a bridge over an estuary- so grippingly evoking her fear! 😊 3y
Cathythoughts Yes ! Madame Zero is the name of the collection. Mrs Fox was my favorite... 3y
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#covercrush #7Days7Covers Day 2 ㊙️🈵🈚️🈷️🈯️ 😊

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The Chronicles of Robin Hood | Rosemary Sutcliff
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😊 #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 1 🌲🌲🌲🌲

batsy Oh! I love it 😍 3y
Severnmeadows @batsy I looked inside, and found my mum had written ‘for Stephen, Christmas 1961‘. I loved this book when I was between 7 and 10 😊 3y
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batsy A treasured copy ❤️ I'm sad I never read her when I was young, I've heard only good things! 3y
Severnmeadows @BarbaraBB Thankyou! It did strike me when I looked at it again that books outlast us. Published in 1950, and I expect I‘ll pass it on to the grandchildren.. 😊 3y
Severnmeadows @batsy yes, it seems luck what books one comes across as a child. (Lucky there were books in the house!) I read the Lion the witch and the wardrobe as a child, but read the others when grown-up; and had to discover the Arthur Ransome stories for myself later on - I think my mother thought them too posh 😊 3y
batsy I know! I loved the Ransome books; read some of them as a child and unfortunately the copies are lost so now I'll have to start over. I look forward to reading Sutcliff, too. The best children's books are fit for any age imho 🙂 3y
Aimeesue Well, that's just gorgeous. ❤️ 3y
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First job arriving back home, collecting reservations from the library😊 Looking forward to listening to The Fishermen on 8 unabridged CDs!

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York station, on my way home from a weekend with my little grandson and family. I‘ll be able to get back to reading Eager again. Learning a lot!

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So happy when a new Deborah Levy book arrives! I read the first page straight away - marvellous writing!

CarolynM So looking forward to this one! (edited) 3y
Severnmeadows @CarolynM She‘s become one of my top writers😊 3y
Lindy I love her writing also. Looking forward to this. 3y
Severnmeadows @Lindy me too! There‘s something to finish first though 😊 3y
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Bellview school, Teton County

‘I started first grade at Bellview school in 1933...Our ranch was about five miles from school. In good weather, our Shetland pony, Eagle, pulled us to school in a little buggy. Going home was quite an experience with that pony. At the end of the school day, he was ready to go home, and we went home fast. We were always praying the buggy we sat in would make it between the gate and the post.‘

ljuliel Beautiful place ! I can‘t remember, was that the state that Ivan Doig‘s books are set in ? He made it sound like such beautiful country . Your post about the schoolhouse reminded me of his book (edited) 3y
Severnmeadows @ljuliel now you‘ve put me onto another wonderful author who I‘ve not heard of - but will read now! His This House of Sky looks really interesting. The quote I put in was from a pupil of the school in the picture. (edited) 3y
ljuliel Yes, his books were set in Montana. Some are in series , all set in the same area. I have the one you mentioned but have yet to listen to it. I have almost all of his and have liked them all, but Whistling Season and The Bartender‘s Tale have probably been my favorites so far. Great characters and lovely descriptions. Drop me a note if you read one. I‘d like to know how you get on with it. 😊 3y
Severnmeadows @ljuliel I will 😊 3y
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This is the kind of book I love. Jam packed with reminiscences from local people, whose families have lived there for generations.

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‘Velazquez, stepping momentarily free of the shadows with his brush, visibly declares that this world is all his, that he can make a king and queen appear and yet disappear, that he can paint both in and out of focus, so to speak, knowing that the eye shifts continually, seeing sharply only on what it focuses for a second, and that it cannot take in the entire scene at once.‘

I‘d like to quote more- Laura Cumming writes so well, so vividly.

JenniferP I really liked that book. It had me searching out Velazquez paintings to see in real life. 3y
Severnmeadows @JenniferP it‘s made me feel the same way - a few days in Madrid would be a good plan... 3y
Lindy @Severnmeadows Stacked. I love reading about artists and collectors. @JenniferP If you are going to Barcelona, Picasso‘s Las Meninas series is wonderful at the Museu Picasso. He was fascinated by Velasquez. 3y
MayJasper I don't think I would ever have gone for this book if it wasn't for what you said about the good writing. Thanks 3y
Severnmeadows @MayJasper You‘re welcome! 😊 3y
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The Very Noisy Night | Diana Hendry, Jane Chapman
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My daughter has read The Very Noisy Night to my grandson (aged 1¾) about 500 times...? It‘s a great story for toddlers!

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Our Friend Jam | Mary and Padrauic
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A small memoir published in 1959, packed with reminiscences, quotations, opinions. Anyone reading James Joyce would find this book an irreplaceable personal source of details and atmosphere, written by Mary and Padraic Colum. A wonderful small book.

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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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As always with Zadie Smith, a deeply thoughtful book. A book about loss, about striving for fulfilment, embattled relationships, home.
Set against a London estate, the life of an internationally-travelling celebrity and an African village, in a haunting way the unnamed narrator seems mostly to be on the sidelines while more embedded characters make things happen.
A wonderful read!

LatrelWhite Finishing up this weekend! 3y
Severnmeadows @Latrelwhite It‘s great, isn‘t it! 😊 3y
LatrelWhite @Severnmeadows Yes!☺️it was. 3y
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On Elizabeth Bishop | Colm Toibin
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My current, fascinating book. ‘In Bishop‘s work, much was implied by what seemed to be mere description. Description was a desperate way of avoiding self-description; looking at the world was a way of looking out from the self.‘

#poetrymatters

Severnmeadows I‘ve had a very good day reading this, and finished by tea-time 😊 I recommend it to anyone keen on Elizabeth Bishop‘s poetry. 3y
charl08 Oh I loved this one. Beautifully written. 3y
Severnmeadows @charl08 I loved reading his in-depth discussion of some of my favourite poems eg The Moose and Santarem. It was good learning a little more about her life, as well. 3y
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On Elizabeth Bishop | Colm Toibin
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Part of Colm Tóibín‘s 4 page discussion of Elizabeth Bishop‘s ‘Poem‘.

This is a very interesting book - it‘s had me sitting absorbed all morning.
#poetrymatters

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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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I‘ve just finished Train Dreams, which I really liked. It‘s a short book: an account of a man‘s life, a man who is on few people‘s minds except when they have everyday dealings with him. Throughout you are always aware of the beautiful and unpredictable natural environment.
The wonderful writing reminded me at times of Cormac Mccarthy‘s All the Pretty Horses.

Suet624 Sounds great! 3y
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Spilled and Gone: Poems | Jessica Greenbaum
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Jessica Greenbaum‘s latest collection Spilled and Gone arrived today. One of my favourite poets! 😊
‘So you see it could not have been a more humble moment./
If there was any outward sign of regalia, /
It might have been the twilight crowning of the day, just then, /
A perfect moment of dusk, but changing, as a wave does /
Even as you admire it.‘

According to the cover, she lives in her native Brooklyn.
#poetrymatters

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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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Just about to start Train Dreams... 🌲🌲⛰🚂🌲🌲

JanuarieTimewalker13 Beautiful!! I still have to read Tree of Smoke! 3y
Severnmeadows @JanuarieTimewalker13 This is my first Dennis Johnson, but as I like stories with railways, wilderness, forests and wolves, I thought I‘d give it a go! 😊 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Looking forward to your review🌸 3y
Severnmeadows @JanuarieTimewalker13 😊 the photograph was taken in Taiwan, but it seemed to fit. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 This world is so beautiful🌎❤️ 3y
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A History of Norwich | Frank Meeres
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https://youtu.be/vowqqrHbfyo — I just came across this charming YouTube Tour of Norwich‘s independent bookshops 😊

Weaponxgirl Ahhh my hometown! Anyone ever needs a tour of Norwich lemme know 3y
tjwill Beautiful!
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Weaponxgirl No surprise I have been to every single one of those shops 😆 you could also do a great tour of pubs, places to eat and drink at the same time and I would recommend checking out Jarrolds deli whilst in there as it‘s on the same floor and then getting some food on the market at the end. Norwich market really is excellent 3y
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Severnmeadows @Weaponxgirl agreed! It‘s a wonderful city. 😊 3y
kezzlou85 @Weaponxgirl ooh I live in Dereham not far from Norwich. It's such a beautiful city. 3y
kezzlou85 The cathedral and castle are well worth a visit and the market too. 3y
Severnmeadows @kezzlou85 we‘ve had fun following the city walks called ‘Norwich‘s Nooks and crannies‘, ‘https://www.norwich.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/3657/norwichs_nooks_and_crannies.pdf ‘😊 you wander along the route learning about the many ancient places. (edited) 3y
TheEllieMo My parents live about 20 miles from Norwich. I‘m off to visit them later this month .... 3y
Severnmeadows @TheEllieMo have a lovely time😊 3y
kezzlou85 @Severnmeadows oh that looks really interesting. 3y
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This morning‘s arrivals 😊 Blackwells in Oxford sends their books out postage free in the UK, and (from a quick look) overseas postage seems cheap. And they include these lovely bookmarks!

BookishTrish I‘m in Canada and I love Blackwells 3y
Severnmeadows @BookishTrish I was looking for an alternative to Amazon, and Blackwells seems a fabulous book shop. One day if I go to Oxford it‘ll be a treat to visit. 3y
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I‘m enjoying the abridged BBC radio Kidnapped on YouTube, it has a stirring Scottish atmosphere with fiddle music interludes 🌊🎻⛰🏔⚔️🗡🎶🎵 😊

Sunraven Ooh, fiddle music interludes! Now I want to listen! 3y
Severnmeadows @Sunraven 😊 I‘d searched a bit for this, and then it turned up for free 🎻🌲🌲🍂⛰ (edited) 3y
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The wonderful cover of the latest edition of my favourite poetry magazine The Rialto.
www.therialto.co.uk

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Two postman came with books to the door (at different times) this morning, an unusual treat. I tried to read this as a library book but it was requested before I could make headway...I‘m glad it‘s here.

BarbaraBB Gorgeous edition of a very sad book! 3y
Severnmeadows @BarbaraBB Yes, they are lovely editions. 😊 I read about this exceptional person years ago, (probably in The Guardian), and always wanted to read more about her. 3y
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My Past and Thoughts | Alexander Herzen
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A Russian delivery from the postman this morning, a biography (by her grandson) of Constance Garnett, who translated Turgenev, Chekhov, Herzen and Tolstoy, and met Tolstoy in 1894: and Garnett‘s translation of Alexander Herzen‘s My Past and Thoughts, (vol 1).
Faber Finds publications with their grey titles don‘t show up too well in photos.

fleeting Oh wow! I loved her translation of Anna Karenina. I've read hers and the Russian duo's - P&V - and prefer hers so much more. 3y
Severnmeadows @fleeting I bought the Pevear & Volokhonsky translation (a lovely hardback) of War & Peace, and enjoyed comparing paragraphs with Garnett‘s. I really like them both! The French passages in the P&V were a surprise- I had no idea that‘s how the novel was written. 3y
fleeting @Severnmeadows for whatever translated book, I think I'll still always get P&V's for the accessibility! I just felt that Garnett's was very lyrical. 😊 3y
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I‘ve returned to The Golden Notebook, this time listening. I‘ve always felt ‘fed‘ by Doris Lessing; whatever the subject is, you feel her mind working away. Her books have helped me think.

batsy This is the only book of hers I've read, but that's a perfect description for how I feel when I read her. 3y
Severnmeadows @batsy maybe my favourite of her books is Mara and Dann. 3y
batsy Thank you for the rec; I've had it stacked for the longest ever time 😆 3y
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Man's Search for Meaning | Viktor E Frankl
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What a nice post delivered this morning...two singing birds for a very young grandson, and two books for me 😊

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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3 days of absolute sheer delight, listening to Juliet Stevenson reading Persuasion. When a few years have elapsed since I last read an Austen novel, I tend to forget the perfection of her writing: the steady continuous rhythms, the piercing insight, the laugh out loud moments. Juliet Stevenson is a wonderful reader!
#scribd
#janeausten

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Wilding | Isabella Tree
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Just arrived! 😊 Really looking forward to this book.

batsy Stacked! Sounds fascinating and such a gorgeous cover. 3y
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The Ginger Tree | Oswald Wynd
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Two books I‘ve really enjoyed. I decided to buy copies to read again, and they just arrived. 😊
#Japan

Freespirit The Ginger Tree looks great! 3y
Severnmeadows @Freespirit I ignored my plan of next books to read, and just picked it up yesterday and got 30% through😊 It‘s compulsive reading (for me). 3y
Freespirit I shall be interested in your review when you finish it! 3y
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#portal #poetrymatters

I wrote down this excerpt from Virgil‘s Aeneid book 6 a long time ago, and now have no clue whose translation it is.

@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Good choice!😍😍😍 3y
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AUNT MARGARET'S PUDDING. | ALISON. BRACKENBURY
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This morning‘s package from the wonderful Happenstance Press. There‘s always a surprise poem with an envelope included..today‘s is Dylan Thomas, In my craft or sullen art.

#poetrymatters

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Six Dinner Sid | Inga Moore
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Treats for the grand-girls! 😄
#presents

kezzlou85 My girls loved six dinner Sid. 3y
Severnmeadows @kezzlou85 someone just told me about six dinner Sid: the artist draws cats brilliantly!😊 3y
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Our Friend Jam | Mary and Padrauic
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I‘ve been reading the poems of Padraic Colum. (I first came into contact with his poetry listening to Van Morrison & The Chieftains, ‘She moved through the fair‘). I‘ve now got this library book: the prose is rich and unhurried, ‘..the citizens [of Dublin] are leisurely in their ways and disengaged in their minds. The size of the city and the pursuits of the inhabitants gave rise to an interest in character.—

Severnmeadows —an interest that was present in all the coteries that the Dublin of the turn of the century composed itself into‘ 3y
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