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Well done Martina!
I'm reading Victoria Hislop's The Thread, to be followed by Elizabeth Gaskell's Ruth and Jane Gardam's Crusoe's Daughter.


Lovely that the bag is going to Australia - a little bit of Edinburgh for Martina.
I'm reading Penelope Fitzgerald's The Blue Flower and then looking forward to starting Crusoe's Daughter.

Susan in TX

In the spirit of "Greene for Gran," I'm reading Graham Greene's Heart of the Matter, and have a little poetry going on the side myself with a tome of selections from Lord Byron. Just finished Robert K. Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra, and found it a most readable history. Soon up will be Cruesoe's Daughter and a reread of Twain's Prince and the Pauper for my dds' book club selection. You've got my curiosity stirred up with the Oct/Nov selections - always nice to plan ahead. Happy Weekend!


Cornflower, 'Simple Pleasures' is one of the top ten books I wouldn't want to be without. I wrote about it just about a year ago here:

The book had to be shipped from England (I saw the listing for it on the National Trust website) and it took forever to get here. Something to do with Homeland Security checking packages from foreign lands. Anyway, it was well worth the wait. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


An interesting selection, Chris.


Ah, The Blue Flower - the laundry scene!


Thanks, Susan.
I'm not going to manage any Greene for Gran, though I'm there in spirit and think it's a lovely gesture of Simon's.
Your reading sounds very varied and interesting, too, so enjoy your weekend.


It's a lovely book, Belle, and one to savour. I like Lucinda Lambton on 'looking up', something I try to do myself, Trevor Grove on walking the dog, John Julius Norwich on playing the piano - so many delights.


What a thrill to win a little piece of the Edinburgh Festival!! Thanks so much Cornflower and thanks too my gracious reader friends!
Am convalescing from minor illness with a wonderful comfort read Gil Hornby's The Hive. Saw this mentioned for Guardian debut list and am very pleased to have immersed myself in this one. Interesting change from current" read as much of the Booker list as possible" project.


I consider myself very lucky, as one of the textbooks this study period is "The Making of a Poem" edited by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland. I have to read a lot of poetry over the next 3 months - a much needed treat!

Dark Puss

As you will understand I have very little time for reading on my holidays. However I read another one of the successful "random" borrowings from my local library, so I'll say a few words about it as well as a recommendation that you (or other Cornflower Books readers) might like it.
The premise of Andrey Kurkov's The Milkman in the Night is concerned with post-Soviet Ukraine and the tangled, complex and confused lives of some of its stranger inhabitants. It is funny and yet brutal, we see excess, corruption and gangsterism and yet also the power of love and hope. The cat that, when fed on a magic pharmaceutical, takes on the protection during the night of some of the vulnerable citizens is a quirky and curiously effective aspect. A splendid satire shot through not only with the occasional bullet but also with magical-realism.


Congratulations to Martina!
I'm reading Gone Rustic by Cecil Roberts and I would ABSOLUTELY recommend it to all Cornflower fans.


Get well soon, Martina!




Many thanks for that, DP, and it certainly sounds an unusual and successful choice. I hope you've had a good break!


Thank you, Zs., I've looked it up and it sounds delightful.

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