NIGEL FARRELL – The Village: The Early Years

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Bought 14 Jan 2006 – charity shop, Kings Heath

This is the book of the very early years of the Bentley Village project, a documentary first done on BBC radio and then the television. I used to watch this, years ago, and it was amazing how all the characters came flooding back. A nice bit of escapism, and it fits nicely into my “farms and the countryside” section. Who’d have known I had one of those till I got LibraryThing!

RAY GREWAL – My Dad’s Corner Shop

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Bought 14 Jan 2006 – charity shop in Kings Heath

I read this in an hour or so last night. It was good – even though it’s hard to read scripts and get an idea of the actual play, it was engaging and involving, and funny.

I’m going to release it in our Hudsons OBCZ as it’s local. Can’t believe I’m on to this year’s books, although I still have a few of last year’s to go too…

SHASHI DESHPANDE – The Binding Vine

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29 Dec 2005 – RABCK from Linda/LindyB28

When I journalled this originally, I warned that it might take a while to get the review Journal Entry on this one! And this is something of a record for me – a JE in April for a Christmas book and nearly done with all my other ones too!

I enjoyed this. An interweaving of women’s lives, in family, extended family and community; many different kinds of “political” from a woman who keeps her maiden name to a campaign for justice, to a woman driven to the ultimate act of sacrifice by her husband. The central character is not necessarily attractive, but we see her drawn subtly and truthfully.

I will probably pass this to Heaven-Ali if she hasn’t already read it…

CONNIE WILLIS – To Say Nothing of the Dog

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25 Dec 2005 – Christmas present from Bridget

I wasn’t entirely sure about this one as it seemed a bit sci-fi, but I trusted Bridget’s impeccable taste, and welcomed bookczuk’s enthusiastic comment, and plunged in.

I took a little while to get into it – but when I did. Ooh I did like this! I thought that Jasper Fforde was the only person who wrote mad books like this. In fact *whispers* I liked this a bit more than the Fforde books, as there weren’t so many painful puns… Willis is knowledgeable about history, literature, 1930s detective fiction and Victorian objets d’art and, especially, cats. And this knowledge is woven skillfully through the book, which is basically a darned good read. Also breaks my rule that any animal introduced into a book is there to die – quite the opposite, in fact!

Good choice of present, and I’ll be looking out for more by this author.

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