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Interesting quote. I’ve heard others say this about needing all their reading time for the new, but I disagree. If as Heraclitus said one can never step in the same river twice, perhaps one can never read the same book in the same way again. The Middlemarch I read at twenty is not the Middlemarch I read at forty or at sixty. And I don’t know about the rest of her thesis — what a shame if children receive so little patience from those around them that the only place they can find it is in a book...


I so agree about re-reading - the comfort of the familiar, or fresh discoveries within old favourites.
As to the patience bit, certainly up to the point I've got to in the book (about 100 pages) Lucy's childhood sounds lovely, so she may just be exaggerating for effect!


There is no shame in re-reading, I do it frequently and find things that I have missed in earlier readings. It's comfort reading sometimes.


There are a few books that I do re-read, Jane Eyre, Susan Hill's The Magic Apple Tree, and two favourites from my childhood Elizabeth Goudge's The Little White Horse ( which I got banned from borrowing from the primary school library because the librarian thought I should read something else) and The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston. They are definitely all comfort reads.

Mary Ronan Drew

This book is splendid. I was reading it only yesterday.


Yes; I enjoyed it very much.

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