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Mikeharvey



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Location: Lancashire

PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject: Biogrpahy/Autobiography  Reply with quote

I have just read Richard Kennedy's short but charming memoir "A Boy At The Hogarth Press".  Kennedy, who became a famous illustrator, here relates, amusingly and lightly, his experiences when, as a 16 year old in 1926, he worked as a sort of office boy at the Hogarth Press run by Leonard and Virginia Woolf.  The book is full of lovely descriptions of L and V Woolf - L seems to have been irascible and V. distant - and other famous members of the Bloomsbury set. It's a short read - you csan read it in a sitting - and there are lots of evocative line drawings. My copy was one of a limited edition published by periodical "Slightly Foxed" who, in addition to their magazine, now publish a small, hardback, famous autobiography every quarter. This volume contains Kennedy's "A Parcel of Time" about his First World War childhood but I haven't read it yet.


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am also reading a rather charming memoirwhich I have mentioned elsewhere.  Don't go into the long grass by Tenniel Evans.  I don't know or I don't think I know  Mr Evans but as he is an actor and preacher you probably do, Michael.  

He goes from a fairly poor white family in Kenya (not so poor they couldn't afford black servants but apparently that was de rigeru) to family in England and then to Christ's Hospital School on a scholarship at the age of ten.  The style of the book is that he ends one chapter in one country and the last sentence or so reminds him of his life in the other country and the next chapter goes there.  I haven't got much to his school yet - he is getting to grips with the cold of England and a religious Christmas at this stage.  His father seems like a combination of Mr Micawber and Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, feckless and selfish and charming.  

Very easy reading.

Cheers, Caro.


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alantomes



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Location: suffolk

PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:24 pm    Post subject: What non-fiction are you reading? Reply with quote

I'm presently reading "The Last Tsar" by Edvard Radzinsky, translated into English.

It is based on various excerpts from Nicholas II's diaries, plus a few others, and I'm fnding it very interesting. It has helped fill a number of gaps in my knowledge of this period. In particular with regard to how events dovetail into each other.

I bought the book (hardback no d/w) in a charity shop for 60pence. It is published by BCA, unfortunately some idiot has cut out all the photos, and the index of illustrations was quite interesting.

Regards............Alan


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Caro



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, that is you, Alan.  I was wondering but I don't think of you as living in Suffolk.  There was a time at school when I was very interested in Rasputin but I don't seem to have kept us this interest and certainly I haven't extended it to a general knowledge of Russia at this period in time.

Cheers, Caro.


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alantomes



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Location: suffolk

PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro - You don't think of me as living in Suffolk. Are you saying I wasted my time showing you and Malcolm around last year?

No need to answer as I know you both enjoyed the trip.

Regards.............Alan


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Caro



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think of you as living in East Anglia - where is Suffolk in relation to East Anglia?  I am not too great on geography, as you may well have realised.  Yes, lovely trip and I tell people how lovely East Anglia is, though I never mention Suffolk.

Cheers, Caro.


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alantomes



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro - On our travels we never left Suffolk. I always feel that East Anglia is North East Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, although many people consider it to include other counties.

Suffolk's location- It is on the east coast of England, and is bounded by the River Waveney in the north and the River Stour in the south. It's eastern boundary is the North Sea, and it's Westerm boundary is jagged and difficult to define.

Regards..............Alan


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MikeAlx



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Location: Seaford, East Sussex

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always think of East Anglia as the scoop of mashed potato on the eastern side of England, just about the Thames estuary. You can probably guess the kind of marks I got for geography!  Smile



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alantomes



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You didn't do too bad Mike, as lots of potatoes are grown in East Anglia.

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Not_Smart_Just_Lucky



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan, is that book on Tsar Nicholas worth reading, would you say? It certainly sounds interesting.

How many counties are there in England? I tried looking that up once, but the counties seem to have been changed so often that I couldn't work it out. Is there a number that's accepted as the figure?




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