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Apple



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:02 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

iwishiwas Wrote:
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This year will be a holiday at home. I'm hoping for warm weather so I can sit in the garden and read. However I think my daughters have other plans, but I'm dreaming!
Well I hope your dream comes true for you and you get warm weather and to sit in your garden and read!!  Smile


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been trying to gather together some books in preparation for going away on holiday on Saturday. My husband is already starting the 'Do you really need all those books?' speech, with the variation that this year he is also asking why I don't borrow our daughter's Kindle. The answer to the former is 'Yes!' and to the latter, a Kindle is far to personal to either borrow or lend (but maybe I will have my own before the next holiday).
In any case, we are not flying, so weight is not a major issue.

The bag consists of an eclectic collection of charity shop buys and books I have been given by friends, with some classics, some relatively new titles, novels, short stories and an autobiography.

The Children's Book         A.S. Byatt
The Sea House                Esther Freud
Three Soldiers                 John Dos Passos
Selected Short Stories      Virginia Woolf
Brooklyn                         Colm Toibin
After Rain (Short Stories) William Trevor    
Watch and Ward              Henry James    
Giving up the Ghost         Hilary Mantel
The Siege of Krishnapur   J.G. Farrell

I very much doubt that I will finish all of these in the fortnight we are away, but it is good to have a choice and in any case I wouldn't want to take the risk of running out of reading!


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took too many books on holiday with me - five (I think), of which I finished one and barely started another. And left with more than I had come with, having collected a book I'd asked my mother to bring from home and then bought a copy of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day at this superb independent bookshop: http://www.whitehouse-books.co.uk/


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See the shelving bays on the right in the top photograph here: http://www.whitehouse-books.co.uk/AboutUs.asp.

Penguin Classics and Modern Classics, Vintage Classics, Oxford World's Classics, with lots of Everyman Classics next to them (including a whole shelf of Wodehouse), Persephone, etc. Heaven.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow - makes me sad, knowing I will never achieve the dream of running such a place!  Looks just wonderful - wonderful enough to forgive the fact that a bookshop website can spell neither' Hemingway' nor 'receive'!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe they have a webmaster who is a careless typist. Hemingway was spelled correctly on the books Wink


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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been gathering books for a week's holiday too, and know I won't read half them.  I have with me so far Anna Karenina to finish, the Father Brown stories, a Ngaio Marsh, the second one ASM Smith's Corduroy Mansion series, and I am going to look around for a novel or two that I have picked up over the years - perhaps the AL Kennedy one I notice, or Middlesex, or Mr Johnson or something.  We too are driving so weight isn't a problem.  

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've put in Amsterdam by Ian McEwen, Long Hot Summer by Barbara Anderson, and Couples by John Updike.  Might I also like The Forsyth Saga or the Dorothy Whimple?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took at least 8 novels on holiday with me and bought another at a nice independent bookshop in Wadebridge, N. Cornwall, and I was only away for a week! Needless to say, did not finish all of them. The bookshop, where I did not have too much time to linger, also had another book I've wanted to read but had forgotten about - Stella Duffy's The Room Of Lost Things, and I was torn, but did not have much money. Still, if we had not gone for a meal at Rick Stein's mega-expensive seafood restaurant in Padstow, I could have bought enough novels to last me a year!!  Wink


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris-l wrote:
The Children's Book         A.S. Byatt
The Sea House                Esther Freud
Selected Short Stories      Virginia Woolf
Brooklyn                         Colm Toibin
After Rain (Short Stories) William Trevor    
 
Giving up the Ghost         Hilary Mantel


.... but it is good to have a choice and in any case I wouldn't want to take the risk of running out of reading!


My feelings exactly, Chris. I get overcome with a kind of reading-panic, as if there will be no books wherever I'm going.  I've read half your list (see above) so have fun, I'm sure you will find plenty to enjoy there.



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