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Great list as always. Thank you.


I always have an ever growing book list going. If only I could read them as fast as I add them to my list!

Liz F

Very interesting list indeed!
I already have The Fishing Fleet and The Knot on my library list and the Clare Clark will be added to it too as I did enjoy her last book, Savage Lands about the French colonising Louisiana.
I like the sound of Ashenden (love house books!)so I must look that out and Death in Breslau and My Brilliant Friend also appeal.
Oh dear I am never going to get through my TBR pile if you keep finding even more to make me add to it!

Rebecca H.

Fun list. I've been meaning to try something by Clare Clark but haven't gotten to it yet. Beautiful Lies sounds like a good book.


I'll have my stocking prepared for receiving The Books They Gave Me, and maybe there would be room for Kafka in Love too:)


I still got an older Elena Ferrante to read and have read another one a few years ago which Iliked very much.
Ashenden sounds very good to. I like it when houses become characters.


Oh, what yummy books on your list! I am trying to not pay attention to them at the moment though because my own list is far too long!


Ashenden, The Knot and My Brilliant Friend sounds especially tempting! Thanks for the heads up!
Although, where my head should really be is to be looking at my mount TBR and stop being greedy. :p


Lots of good-sounding stuff. I'm particularly drawn to Ashenden and The Books They Gave Me (though books like that always add far to many titles to my to-be-read list!)

Joan Hunter Dunn

They all sound fascinating reads but the one that really caught my attention was The Fishing Fleet. Happy reading.

Margaret Powling

I have just started The Knot, only a chapter or two into it, but it's promising ... but oh dear, Ashenden, just my kind of books ... naughty, naughty Danielle for mentioning this! But a really super list here! I want The Fishing Fleet, too, Anne de Courcy's books are the business.

Margaret Powling

PS Have just ordered Ashenden. It's already avaialble in paperback in the UK although on it says not published until Jan 2013. I notice that the author, Elizabeth Wilhide, has written several house style books so the period details of her first novel should be spot on.


The Fishing Fleet looks really good. If it was in paper I would have broken down and ordered it right now! I think I have one of Clare Clark's earlier books on hand (as yet unread...), and my library has her last book. So, technically I should read those first, but you know how it goes with new books. Lots of goodies, don't you think?! Ashenden is especially high up on my list. My TBR pile is forever growing and then being ignored when I borrow yet more books from the library...


Doesn't it sound good? I have Clare Clark's book The Great Stink, which I have heard good things about, so maybe I should dig my copy of that out first!


I think I am going to need an extra large stocking! I love books about books and will definitely be looking for The Books They Gave Me. I seem to always be collecting books about Kafka, and must make a project out of reading his work and those other books--maybe something to think about in 2013!


I read one of Elena Ferrante's earlier books and really liked it, though it was a little disturbing from what I recall. I think she is a very good writer and want to read her other books. I'm glad to see Europa is publishing another of her works. I like books about great houses, too. They fascinate me even though I know how much a disparity there was between the people who lived in them and the people who worked in them.


It's impossible to keep up, isn't it? There comes a point when you do have to draw the line and try not to be tempted. I obviously have not yet gotten to that point!


I shouldn't be so greedy either. It doesn't hurt to look, though, right? I feel a little less guilty if I can get them from the library first (and if they really look good will buy them later...). I won't be surprised if we start seeing lots of books like Ashenden being published thanks to the popularity of Downton Abbey.


That's half the fun with books about books-the other books you read about that must have! :) Okay, so dangerous but good, right?! I think Ashenden is going to be a popular read. I'm already in line for it at the library.


I really want that one, too. I read a fictional story called East of the Sun about that exact phenomenon. It was a fun read, but I think reading actual experiences would be even better. I'm quite tempted to order it, but will try and hold off until there is a paper edition of it available.


I'm such an enabler, aren't I? Ashenden seems to hold much appeal. I hope it is as good as it sounds. Glad to hear you think The Knot sounds promising. I have a couple of Anne de Courcy's books and really must get around to them. I often look at them longingly but try and only read on nonfiction book at a time. Pity I am so slow reading nonfiction! Just thinking about her books, though, makes me want to go grab one and start it. Do you have a favorite by her?


Do let me know what you think of it! It's not published here until January--if it's really good, maybe I won't wait and will just order it from the UK since it is already in paper!


Ooh such a dangerous list! I can see I will have to get the Kafka in Love book, and I love the sound of Ashenden and the Elena Ferrante. So many tempting goodies!


Book lists really are dangerous. Either I buy the books or borrow them--buying means more books to add to my already leaning piles and borrowing means my reading will be slightly thrown off by those due dates. Still, a nice problem to have actually, right?! I definitely want to buy the Kafka book and will get my hands on Ashenden one way or another. I think you'd like Elena Ferrante--she's such an interesting author and I would love to hear what you make of her!

Margaret Powling

Frist of all, I don't have a favourite Anne de Courcy, I enjoy them all. And second, I'm absolutely loving The Knot. OK, I'm only 50 pages in, but I think that's enough to know whether I'm enjoying it or not. It's a slow burn of a book, the writing style certainly prevents me from reading it more quickly, but that doesn't matter as long as I'm enjoying it. It reflects the slow pace of life in those days. It is written in the present tense and I know a lot of people don't like this, but I find that it lends immediacy to the story.
Indeed, we are planning a visit to Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset (UK) so that I can see the house and garden (although that won't he the same as in Henry Lyte's day) for ourselves.
If you want to see the house and garden in which The Knot is set, then log on to and in the search box put Lytes Cary Manor.
Right - back to the Olympics, in which we're doing rather well for a small island off the mainland of Europe!


It sounds like whichever book by Anne de Courcy I pick up will be good--I am looking forward to getting her newest as well! Now you're tempting me with The Knot! Did you read her first book? I looked up The Knot but it is still in hardcover--still a little more than I want to spend even if I can get a secondhand copy so I will hold off just a bit longer. It's on my wishlist though. I don't mind slowish stories if there is something there to keep me going. I love the sound of the story and now will have to go and check out those links. You know, I don't mind stories written in the present tense either. Oftentimes I don't even notice it at first. I've not been able to catch any of the Olympics so far--have just been reading the headlines online and keep thinking that I will eventually be able to stream some of the events after the fact. Didn't the Queen's granddaughter win a medal? I wonder if she was there and got to see it in person?

Margaret Powling

Yes, Zara Phillips (the Queen's granddaughter), the daughter of Princess Anne and her former husband, Capt. Mark Phillips, was part of Team GB's equestrian team (four women and one man) who, together, won the silver medal for the team event (i.e. dressage, cross country, and in the show jumping arena.)
Yes, I've had a look-see at Jane Borodale's previous book and I might get that if I can get a decent 2nd hand copy or paperback (not yet checked whether it's in paperback.)
When I Preview my comments I only see part of them, so can't check them for spelling errors or grammar! And the comments are now very narrow on the page, Danielle, just three or four words to the line and then right down the page. Don't kow why this is. And at the preview stage, I can't scroll down my comment to check it, either, three is no longer any scroll bar, only on the comment box.


Hi Margaret--I'll start a new thread--feel free to just leave comments in a new box rather than replying to a particular comment if it is easier to read--I don't really like how Typepad has set up the comments/reply boxes as they do get narrower as you go and harder to read. Very cool about the Queen's granddaughter--all the more so since the Olympics are on home ground, so to speak and she/they can compete in their own country, but on a world stage. I think my public library has the first Borodale novel, but as it is out in paper I'd prefer to buy a new copy (sometimes older library copies that have been much read are a little gross to handle--if that doesn't sound really weird!).


There are several here that I would be very keen to read. Enjoy all of the new books!

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