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I'm not generally a fan of Byatt but this does sound intriguing. I do love E Nesbit so that makes me want to read it for a start. Great review -- thanks.

Barbara MacLeod

This one is definitely going on my Wish List! Many thanks!

adele geras

I think you've given a very good account of the book, Cornflower. I adored it, but have to say I think it's probably two books under one roof, so to speak. There's the novel and almost alongside it a pretty good social history too. Worth it for the clothes alone, I reckon and the pottery.

Simon S

I have this on the TBR pile and I am definately going to give it a go within the next few weeks, I hate to mention the B word but I have a feeling that this may well be on the Booker Long list! Time will tell.


I had "trouble" with getting into Possession so have not be too quick out of the blocks to get this one. Though I do love books containing a lot of social history so I am in a quandary as to whether to purchase this one or not ....

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