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Friday, January 19, 2018


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Susan Adler Sobol

My parents populated our childhood bookshelves with "sets", like children's versions of Reader's Digest condensed books. The Scarlet Pimpernel was one of my favorites. Did you know that the author (Baroness Orczy was a pen name) wrote other books about Sir Percy's adventures? I don't recall ever following up on this and reading any. I do agree -- winter is a great time to discover unread books on our shelves or re-read old favorites! I am rediscovering one right now - that I think you would love. It is so beautifully written. An English Garden in Provence by Natasha Spender (wife of the poet, Sir Stephen Spender.

Linda Brazill

I think I did read that there were more Pimpernel adventures but, like you, I've never read or even seen those books. The Spender book sounds wonderful. I remember seeing a photo of the Spender's dining table filled with guests. The table was essentially in the middle of a room filled with bookshelves. It looked heavenly.

Susan Adler Sobol

I encourage you to look up Lady Spender on-line. I have a copy of her obituary from The Telegraph ( stuffed inside the book.


It's a good time of year to revisit favorite books or even to get to the piles of unread books lying around.


I LOVE Anthony Andrews in that much so that I actually have the movie. I think I should watch it this weekend, as I didn't remember that Ian McKellan was the villain!

Linda Brazill

Surprising I don't own the movie. I may have to remedy that. A friend who has a degree in 19th C. English lit recommended "Casanova" with Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons. I never would have watched it if she hadn't suggested it. Now it's another of my favorites. A funny feminist take on the story. Director is Lasse Hailstorm and they allowed him to film in historic palazzos in Venice. Stunning!

Lisa at Greenbow

Another blogger I read just mentioned the Howard's End is on the Landing... I had never heard of this before and you both wrote about it at the same time. Funny that...
I just reread _Dear Friend and Gardener_ by Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd. I think the first time I read it I did know the scientific names for plants as much as I do now. I enjoyed the book more. Also maybe because I am closer to their age when they wrote. I can see so much more in my mind of their gardens as they talk about them. Funny how books can grow on you.

Lisa at Greenbow

P.S. I have lots of Portmerion but not this pattern. Hmmmm.


We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? — Is he in hell? That damned, elusive Pimpernel.

Phillip Oliver

Even though I majored in English, I am embarrassed about how many classics I have not read (yet). This is one of them. I have a lot of unread books on my shelves. This sounds like a good idea. :)

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