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I think it's time you started leaving print outs this post anywhere your friends and family can see them... You never know what could be in under the Christmas tree :)

That first book does look very good! I'm lusting after a lot of books too.


Every now and then book lust overcomes me...I just purchased a used copy (via Amazon) of A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep and am waiting eagerly for it to come in the mail. I like the sound of the books you're getting ready to read, too. I read a biography of the sisters a few years ago that was quite interesting. The name escapes me at this moment, but it was a popular release at the time.


Iliana--I'm hoping to get a bookstore gift card or two for Christmas, and I'm already planning on how I will use them! It would be nice to get a book or two, but my family knows I buy books very often so they tend not to buy them for me. Gift cards work just as well! :) I've been really good for quite a while now, so it will be fun to splurge.
Kathy--I wonder if it was the Lovell bio--I have it as well and always figured I would start there. I also have a book of their letters and a couple of novels, too! I'd love to hear what you think of the Rumer Godden bio--I've looked at it myself. I Loved The Greengage Summer--I need to read more of her work.


Romantic Moderns is a very nice looking book indeed.
I am reading The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell. Fascinating, really. I am a bit stuck in Unity's story (the one who was Hitler's "pet").
It's a substantial book, probably why it is never ending.


That Romantic Moderns book looks wonderful - definitely one to put on my wish list. I love your pairing of the Mitfords and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Fantastic writers, all of them. I can also recommend Hons and Rebels, Jessica's autobiography - again, very funny and wry and sharp.

Liz F

The Lovell book is a good place to start with the Mitfords as is the wonderful Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford which is theoretically fiction but based on her family life.
I picked up a cheap copy of In Tearing Haste from a charity shop and I am on a (very)long waiting list at the library for Wait For Me, so I hope for a bit of a MItford-fest myself in the early New Year!
Got hooked on Rumer Godden myself this year after re-reading The Greengage Summer and I can thoroughly recommend The River and The Peacock Spring - both set in India and utterly beautiful.
I have lost count of the number of beautiful books I am lusting after but I am on a bit of a natural world obsession at the moment and have treated myself to the very beautiful The Butterfly Isles by Patrick Barkin after Amazon had it so cheap it would have been rude not to buy it!

Liz F

Meant to say that Henrietta's War is a real tonic if you are feeling fed up as is the follow up which Bloomsbury printed this summer! Hope you enjoy it!


Just the sort of books I like best!

I'm just a few pages from finishing Wait for Me!, oh I do love Debo. Now off to have a closer look at Romantic Moderns...


I wasn't lusting after Romantic Moderns because I didn't know about it until now. At the moment I am practically salivating thank you very much! I've been reading some pretty downer books lately too so this morning I started a Vonnegut book and chuckled my way to work.


I must look it up in my notebook, I read a Nancy Mitford novel so long ago I don't remember. It sounds like a very interesting project. And now that you have reminded me as it had sort of disappeared in a pile, I think I will join you in reading Henrietta's War.


Mary Lovell's biography of the sisters is lovely. The thing is like 600 pages and I liked it so much I read it in about three days. It was fascinating.

I'm going to have to put Romantic Moderns on my TBR list.


Sounds like a lovely project! I'm curious about the Mitfords as well, so if you end up doing so I'll be following with interest. :)


Ooh, I want to read Romantic Moderns too! Actually, I want to own it. I love that period and it's had some amazing reviews.

Margaret Powling

Just a small point, but is there any reason why your library removes the dust jackets? Over here (UK) dust jackets are slipped inside clear, plastic wrappers which are then secured to the books. I like to see the cover and read the blurb and author information, etc.


Caroline--After reading comments here I decided to pull out the Lovell book as well--I thought I would just read the intro to get a taste, but now I am in a few chapters and think I will continue reading. It seems sort of unusual for the sisters to have turned out so very differently! I'm quite curious about them after having heard bit and pieces. It is a long book and nonfiction, so we'll see how long it takes me to read it, too!
Litlove--I really love Patrick Leigh Fermor's writing--though it takes me so long to read it--he was certainly an intellectual! It is interesting that he is such good friends of Deborah of Devonshire--it all seems to be coming together at the same time. I have a copy of Hons and Rebels to read as well! Funny and wry sounds perfect right now!
Liz--I have a book that has both Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate--read the first novel but not the second--but now I need to go back and start all over. Actually I have pulled the Lovell book out since it sounds so good and so many people recommend it! So I guess I will undertake my little project now after all. Rumer Godden is another author I want to read more of--I have The River and a couple of other books--would love to read her autobiography as well! And nature books--yes, I would love to read those as well. Too many choices and not enough time! And am enjoying Henrietta's War--rationing out the letters. I have the second book, too!
Darlene--These sound right up your alley! I think you'd like the Romantic Moderns--maybe your library will have a copy, too, but if you see it you will lust after it, too, I think! :)
Stefanie--I like serious books, but you can only read so many at a time! I will have to keep Vonnegut in mind for someone a little lighter--I've never read him! There is a section on Virginia Woolf in The Romantic Moderns--I'm really looking forward to reading it.
Catharina--I read one of Nancy Mitoford's books ages ago as well. It seems natural to read their work and about them since I am so interested in this particular period. Henrietta's War is a charming book--I've been reading a few letters at a time--the perfect before bed book.
Anna--I love books like that and after I read your comment I went and grabbed my copy. You are right--very hard to put down. I've already read a few chapters--even reading about their parent's was interesting (and I tend to hate it when biographers feel the need to delve into the lives of the subject's parents and such--just get on to the main event!). It is hard to put down, though I expect I won't be able to read it in three days (wishful thinking on my part). Do take a look at Romantic Moderns--it just won a prize from the Guardian, I guess.
Eva--I have started the Lovell book after all. The power of persuasion--as if I need any help!
Sakura--Yes, it is lovely. I might have to indulge if I get a gift card to a bookstore after the holidays! For now I am happy to have a library copy to read. I've read some good reviews too. And it is a nicely produced book on top of all that.
Margaret--My public library keeps the dust jackets on the books and like yours puts the clear plastic covers over them. However most university libraries remove dust jackets entirely as it is not worth the bother to take care of them as they get banged around so much. I do wish they kept them as then you can't read the blurb, but they eventually get pitched (or sometimes used in displays). It's a pity but it's just not worth the hassle I guess since they get circulated around so much.

Dorothy W.

The Romantic Moderns book sounds great. I like reading about that period, and putting one of my favorite authors, Virginia Woolf, into a new context would be interesting. I wonder how academic vs. readable the book is.


Dorothy--It looks like hefty reading, but from what I've heard it is very readable and won some award from The Guardian. Still, I wonder if it will be a sensory overload. Hope to find out soon, though! :)

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