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Fran H-B

As ever something to look for and Rumer Godden is always a joy. Don’t think I will ever tire of her.


Rumer Godden an author I really enjoy. Jhumpa Lahiri is another. Simon Parkin is new to me. Thank you for the updates.

Erika W.

My mother was interned in The Isle of Man for 6 months. She was Lithuanian and had entered England preWar on my father's American passport as his wife. She was stateless because she was born when Lithuania was under Germn rule and her parents, like many others, refused to register her birth.He died in 1941 and thus she was interned. As a rather privileged prisoner she had a very nice time, making several friends--among them the painter, Kurt Schwitters. He kept every one in gales of laughter because this was where he began his later famous collages. Here He made them from left over food, when this was too dreary to contemplate eating. I wonder if he is mentioned in this book? When his work began to smell and mildew it would be taken down and thrown away!


My goodness, Erika! I am glad your mother’s experience was a good one, in the circumstances, but how dreadful that she was interned at all. 
Kurt Schwitters is indeed featured in the book, as are his collages!
Thank you for giving us that very personal link to that time and place.


I enjoyed the Beatrix Potter exhibit at the V&A last month, particularly that she wrote her journals in code so her domineering mother wouldn't read them. She was a little like Vera Brittain in yearning for more education than she was getting, although liked her governesses and simply marched off to the Natural History Museum when she needed some science.


I’m hoping to see that exhibition next month, Constance. Beatrix Potter was a true scholar!

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