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I think my Clare Chambers is Susanna Kearsley. I am not sure so much on the relating to her, but more because I always keep a couple of her books unread to get to when I need one. Sadly one of my unread ones has vanished and I am devastated because it hasn't been rereleased yet. :(


I loved Crusoe's Daughter. I read Robinson Crusoe aloud to my son (homeschooled 1-8th grades)about 6 years ago so I think that that helped me to give the book 5 stars on Goodreads. BTW The original Crusoe read-aloud was a major challenge for me and was SO helpful in my learning to read literature from the 17th and 18th centuries. Hint: Read phrases as sentences and sentences as paragraphs.


Ok, this year will be the year I finally read a Jane Gardam book. For some reason she is one of those writers I keep putting off thinking her books are intimidating!

I've only read one Clare Chambers book and though it was really good. Would love to read more of hers. Looking forward to your year end list, Danielle!


I've never heard of Clare Chambers! Thanks for sharing your reliable comfort read author. I have Crusoe's Daughter on the list to read next year -- looking forward to it alread :)

Liz F

I know that I have a couple of unread Clare Chambers books on my shelves- including the one that you mention which I will definitely tackle once the seasonal upheaval is over (and I hopefully get my reading back on track!)
I have read a lot of Jane Gardam's books over the years and her short stories too (which are very good by the way) but I did find Crusoe's Daughter a bit of a mixture. Some of it I really enjoyed and but I got rather bored with other parts and have to confess to having skim read quite a few sections! By the time I finished it, my main memories were the surprise that one of her characters shared a (reasonably uncommon) name with my great-aunt (Gertrude Younghusband) and the thought that I really ought to get round to reading the original Robinson Crusoe as all I really know about it has been gleaned from multiple viewings of a 1960's French TV version which was shown a lot in the 70's!


Crusoe's Daughter sounds like fun. I am hoping to read Robinson Crusoe in 2014 so perhaps I will follow it up with this one! Now I just have to figure out a way to remember to do that :)


I love Susanna Kearsely, too, and I have about three of her books sitting on my pile as yet unread, which is good as I look forward to reading them--and will surely get in one or two next year. I hope they keep reissuing her books--maybe the one you lost will come out soon--Sourcebooks seems to be making their way through her backlist. I can relate so well to Clare Chambers as they are set in the same years I grew up--it's just funny how much I can compare my own life to that of her characters.


How cool that you read Robinson Crusoe aloud to your son! It is a book I really need to reread as it has been several years since I first picked it up. 17th and 18th century literature can be quite challenging for me--sometimes, too, reading aloud helps in understanding. It would have been fun to read the two in tandem--maybe I'll reread the two together sometime.


I know what you mean by Jane Gardam--and her books are all sort of different, too. You should start with Old Filth--it is a great read. Very absorbing and totally easy going! I think I should really branch out with Clare Chambers--finally pick up one of those unread books! Then I'll have another book for my rereading repetoire! I hope you do end of the year lists, too!


She's wonderful and I am not surprised you've not heard of her. I am not sure she was ever published outside the UK. I have a number of comfort read authors...but she is just about my favorite. I liked Crusoe's Daughter and look forward to picking up more of her books!


Clare Chambers is great--well done escapist literature, if you know what I mean! I can see what you mean by Crusoe's Daughter--I definitely think Old Filth was a better book, but I've not read enough of her other books to compare, so for me I found it quite enjoyable--but you're right it was a little uneven in the pacing. I tackled Robinson Crusoe several years ago and have ever since meant to read something else by him-maybe Moll Flanders, but I am not always so eager to reach for books written prior to the 19th century. How unusual that one of the characters shares a family name--and it quite an unusual name, too. What are the chances!


You should put a post it note on your copy of RC! :) Of course I say that now, but not sure I would go to the trouble of digging for my own copy (since my shelves are such a mess) and doing something like that. I would write it down on a little piece of paper, which I would then promptly lose! Anyway--it was a good story and would be fun to read as a companion to Defoe's book.


Jane Gardam is one of my favourite authors. She has written for everyone from small children through to prize winner adult fiction. As well as reading her work for 'grown-ups' don't ignore her children's books such as the wonderful 'Horse' or those for the YA audience like 'Bilgewater'. They are superb.


I have to have a look at Clare Chambers. She sounds appealing. Who would you compare her to or can she not be compared?


I do have Bilgewater and i think you may have been the person to suggest it to me before. I want to read more of her work this year--she's really good and sort of unusual in her writing--well, something sets her apart for me anyway. I will look out for her YA novels, too. I have her books all scattered about and must get them all together on my shelves.


I love Clare Chambers. Don't be put off by the cover illustrations--some of them tend to look quite chick-litty, and while there is a bit of romance to them--or at least they tend to be about relationships--they are so much more--really more sophisticated comfort reads? Hmm--to compare her I think I might compare her to say Eva Rice or Joanne Harris in terms of style of storytelling though the stories are fairly different--or maybe even Barbara Trapido, who I think you have read before. Same quality though. I love the latter three authors as well.


Crusoe's Daughter sounds fascinating. & I'm off to investigate Clare Chambers, as I'm always looking for a new, dependable comfort author.

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