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I am new to the CBG, I have been dipping in and out of your inspiring blog for a little while now, and have taken the plunge and ordered both books.

Susan Campbell

Please will you remind me if I had already joined the book club in the past, as I haven't yet read any of the books, or at least not at the same time as the rest of the members? I'd like to make a 'proper' start with the January and February books.

Thank you


Excellent, Chris! I hope you'll enjoy them.


It's all very informal, Susan, so no 'joining' as such required, but it's great that you feel moved to start the Jan. and Feb. books.
Everyone is very welcome to read along with us and comment (or not) when we come to discuss the book, and if anyone happens to have read that month's book in the past and wishes to participate without re-reading, that's of course perfectly fine.


Interesting choices. I have no recollection of having read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase in my childhood so I will track down a copy - always useful to have a classic children's book on Nonna's bookshelf (even if it will be a while before four year old Amelia and rising two year-olds Will and Bella are up to reading it!)
I actually have a copy of February's book already so look forward to getting started on that in good time.


Ah, hah. The Instance of the Fingerpost is on my TBR list and I can't think of a better time to read it than for your February discussion. Thanks for the nudge.

Oh dear. I see it weighs in at almost 700 pages. I had better get started!


I have not read either book; they both sound great and are now in my Kindle with their feet up waiting for their audience.

BTW John Saturnall's Feast was as good as you promised.


I have a hunch that The Instance of the Fingerpost will be polarizing among readers. I read this a couple of years ago and loved it. However, as Belle points out, it is LONG. I might see if I can get an audio book instead of re-reading it.

My library has the Joan Aiken book as well, so I am set and looking forward to the CBBC in 2013!


Coincidentally, I have just bought the gorgeous Vintage edition of the Wolves of Willoughby Chase, I'm very glad to have a decent excuse now! I love The Instance of the Fingerpost so much, I'm going to see if I can find my copy for a re-read.


I've had The Wolves on the re-read pile for quite a while, so I'm delighted to have a push in its direction! And I've long meant to read the Iain Pears book, I'll see if the library has it after Christmas.


Well, I have had a copy of Iain Pear's book in paper for as long as it has been out (which is a while I think...). I'd love to try and read along...will look for my copy and move it to my bedside pile in anticipation! :)


Thanks Cornflower for the selection. As I haven't read either book I am looking forward to it. It's the right time of the year for a 'long' read.


So glad you enjoyed it, Sandy!


Your hunch may well be a reliable indicator, Ruthiella - I too had that feeling when I was choosing the book.


It's always a relief when I hear some people have loved a book, so thanks for letting me know Sarah.


Many thanks, all, for your enthusiastic and positive comments. I hope both books will give us good reading.

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