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Susan in TX

The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy by Penelope Wilcock seems to beg for cold weather, a lit fire, and a cup of something warm in your hand.


I was writing about just this subject last week when my town was snowy. I think The Children's Book would be particularly suitable for a cosy afternoon.


When I was a child it was The Wolves of Willoughby Chase,or The Box of Delights.
These days I don't have a single favourite, but I'd like to read more Hardy and The Woodlanders has some good wintriness, but that would be a reread

Dark Puss

These days the answer would be no. I don't mean I wouldn't like to read by your fire but that I just don't have in mind any change in my reading matter with regard to place, time, snow etc.

More constructively, in my youth at my cottage it would probably have been something like Greenmantle or Huntingtower. Whether I could overlook his racial stereotyping and xenophobic tendencies these days is doubtful and I have not read any Buchan for at least 30 years.

Perhaps something by Gatiss? I did enjoy The Vesuvius Club and so, recently, did J.

adele geras

I also don't read according to weather...I've just been in Melbourne with THE SLAP (which I loved) but am now reading HEARTSTONE by CJ Sansom. That's a good fat curling up with kind of book, I reckon. Can't wait to read DARK MATTER!

Dark Puss

I know nothing about the book Dark Matter but we physicists are cetainly trying to discover it in nature! Here is one such search that I heard about at a recent conference I attended in the USA.


That's on my wishlist now. Thankyou, Susan.


Good idea, Anna, and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which you also suggest, sounds good too.


Oh, I must read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase again!


WIMPS, eh?

Dark Puss

Very Good! It's all explained very clearly in this cartoon.

B R Wombat

Thank you so much for recommending Dark Matter. I read it in snowbound Perthshire and it was exactly the right book at the right time and I'd have known nothing about it if you hadn't mentioned it.

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