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Sounds great! I have to keep this one in mind for later.


This sounds so wonderful. I'm sure I would like it a great deal as well. I also want to watch the movie. I saw the trailer as well and had a similar reaction to you.
I'm realy curious to know more about that ending now!

vicki (bibliolathas/skiourophile)

So pleased that someone finally likes the book (apart from Simon, of course!). I wondered about what else she had written too - I don't think I could handle anything in this style in a longer form though!


I'm curious about her other novels too. And it is indeed bittersweet and wry.


I've seen this around and about lately because of Simon's readalong - under other circumstances, I'd definitely have joined in! I've got this one and it looks great - I'm a fan of quirky.

Alex in Leeds

Hey Dani, I'm glad you decided to join us. I know a little about Lytton's life but admit I had never heard of Julia until a couple of years ago when I bought a copy of this, her parents sound decidedly peculiar in their relationship!


Hmm, sounds interesting. Might give it a go, since it's a novella. I'll have to see if my library has it. Thanks for the tip about Amazon--I always forget we have that option for video.


I really liked it--it's also quite short and reads quickly. The length of the book suited the story she was telling, too.


I wasn't expecting that little twist at all, and am curious to see how they handle it in the film. Amazon is streaming it here, but the price is surprisingly high for a rental--$9.99! I think it is out in DVD here in March, so I might now wait. I am looking forward to watching it, though. I quite liked the way she handled the story and characters--very quirky, so be prepared! :)


I thought the length was just right for the story, since it's just one day she writes about. It was quite a burst of energy really--not sure it could have been maintained (for the readers' sake anyway) for a longer story. I wonder if any of her books are equally as good?


My library only has one of her books--"Julia", which I think is an autobiography. I will have to at least pull it from the shelf to look at it. I loved the humor--and the movie trailer seemed to capture it well, so I can't wait to see it, too!


You'll have to add it to your wishlist to read some other time! Quirky, when done well--and I thought it was done well, can be very fun. And maybe this sounds weird, but it felt very British to me, too. I can't imagine an American author writing a book quite like this, which made it doubly interesting to me.


I am glad it worked out--and am looking forward to finally making the rounds this weekend and reading everyone else's posts! I wouldn't mind reading more about her--and yes, she seems like she had a most interesting upbringing!


If your library has it, do give it a try. I think I read it in just two sittings. I have not yet tried Amazon's streaming videos, though they seem to have more choices in some cases than Netflix. The only downside in this case is the cost--the rental is $9.99. Of course I never go to movies anymore--maybe that is the price of a ticket these days? I think it comes out on DVD here in the US in March--so we'll see if I can wait or not.


I didn't know about Julia Strachey. This sounds great. I will have to try and get my mitts on a copy!


My library has one book by her--I think it is a memoir and I meant to go look for it on the shelf today, but I got so busy I missed my break and never got around to it. She does seem interesting and the book is well worth looking for.

Buried In Print

Thanks for posting the link to the trailer, which makes the film look irresistible. I've read the book twice and quite enjoyed it, but when I think of the title alone, I regularly confuse it with a skinny Marghanita Laski novella that I bought at the same time from Persephone...and they are actually alarmingly different stories.


I wonder which Laski novel it is--I have read her Victorian Chaise Longue which is a very creepy read indeed. I loved this story and am looking forward to seeing the movie. Amazon has/had it streaming (only until some date in February and then no more, which I think is sort of strange, but licensing/copyright issues no doubt), but as the rental was $10 which seems steep for a streaming rental I've decided to just wait for it to be released on Netflix, which I hope will be sooner than later. I love Elizabeth McGovern who is in the movie, so am looking forward to seeing it (later than sooner unfortunatley).


Danielle - your review prompted me to buy my first persephone books which also happens to be Cheerful Weather for a Wedding. Contrary to the ratings I found on Amazon, I found that I actually enjoyed reading this book. Yes, the wedding happens on the most dismal days and the bride isn't as happy as she ought to be but I felt the writing was pretty good.


I really liked it, too. I know everyone has different tastes--so I was pleasantly surprised when I liked it much more than other reviewers. Glad to hear you liked it, too. Now that you have bought one, aren't you tempted to keep adding to your collection?! I watched the film adaptation last weekend and really liked it as well--I might even buy it. The film stays pretty faithful to the book.

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