Tag Archives: England

The Eye of Childhood, short stories


The Eye of Childhood is a collection of short stories by notable authors including Graham Greene, John Updike, and D.H. Lawrence, most of them male and most of them from the British Isles. They generally focus on horrific experiences in … Continue reading

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The Taming of the Queen, by Philippa Gregory


My first experience of Philippa’s well researched books was The Other Boleyn Girl. She makes history fascinating to read by focusing on the period from the viewpoint of a lesser known woman of the period. The Taming of the Queen … Continue reading

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge


Cuckoo Song is a fascinating and compelling book on several levels. As an adult and mother of a teenage girl, I suppose I interpret and experience it on a different plane from my middle school students. Its plot intertwines with … Continue reading

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Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange


I love Jane Austen’s books. A number of modern authors have written books as continuations of “Pride and Prejudice.” I enjoyed a recent PBS Mystery called “Murder at Pemberly” about a house party after Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett are married. … Continue reading

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39 Steps


39 Steps, BBC, DVD. 2010. Starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Lydia Leonard. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, a remake of the 1935 film. The hero has returned from fighting in German South Africa. It is the eve of World War I … Continue reading

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Saffy’s Angel, by Hilary McKay


This is a lovely, engaging story that will appeal to girls. 13 year old Saffy lives in a household of artists with her disorganized but talented mother Eva, her teenage sister Caddy,  her brother Indigo, and her other little sister … Continue reading

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Lost in Austen, a movie


This movie was recommended to me by several women friends. If you enjoy losing yourself in Jane Austen books, you will enjoy this. A young woman in Hammersmith, a suburb of London, has read Pride and Prejudice over and over … Continue reading

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