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Cathy

The author that comes immediately to mind is Anne Tyler. Her
A Spool of Blue Thread, French Braid, Redhead by the Side of the Road & Accidental Tourist are just a few examples of her 'slow' but oh so good reads.

Cornflower

Agreed, Cathy!

diana

for sure O Douglas ! My favourites are The Proper Place and The day of Small Things. Elizabeth Strout and her Oh William! D E Stevenson is always a delight. And where Elizabeth von Arnim is concerned do take a look at In the Mountains.

FEO

Elizabeth Strout. Leonard and Hungry Paul. Winifred Holtby. Jane Austen. A Man Called Ove. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Elizabeth Goudge. Anthony Trollope. Joanna Trollope. Margaret Forster.

Alice C

I have a large collection of books that I turn to when I need to be absorbed in a world. Top of the list for an emergency is Rosamunde Pilcher - specifically Coming Home and Winter Solstice. I think it is because the narrative arc is so clearly defined, the detailed descriptions of houses very satisfying, and a reassuring distinction between good and bad. Avoid The Shell Seekers which is full of unpleasant characters but, mysteriously, is 'much-loved'.

Nan

Pretty much all I read!

Cathy

How could I have forgotten Rosamunde? Winter Solstice is one of my December reads every year. It's like coming back to old friends. Do you think The Shell Seekers is so popular because of the Hallmark movie tie-in from years ago?

Dark Puss

Hmm bit of a challenge for me I think (not entirely sure what people mean by quiet if I am honest), but perhaps My Mother's House by Colette might be one?

Cornflower

O Douglas and DE Stevenson definitely! I’ve read Olive Kitteridge but not Oh William, so that’s one to look out for, likewise In the Mountains. Thank you, Diana.

Cornflower

Some excellent suggestions there. Thank you, FEO.

Cornflower

I must go back to Rosamunde Pilcher - I re-read The Shell Seekers most recently and I know what you mean about the unpleasant characters, but Coming Home and Winter Solstice I can barely remember. Thank you, Alice!

Cornflower

Another vote for Winter Solstice - my 'to buy’ list is getting longer!

Cornflower

I think so, DP. 

Cornflower

That sounds like an excellent 'diet' to me, Nan!

Rebecca Leamon

I think Angela Thirkell would often fall into that category (but is 100% an acquired taste); I'd also offer Sarah Winman's Still Life, which a good friend just shared with me, and Tayari Jones's An American Marriage.

Cornflower

Yes, I’d include Angela Thirkell - I did enjoy the handful of her books I’ve read. Many thanks for the other recommendations, Rebecca.

Mary

Anything by Barbara Pym.

Enjoying all the other suggestions--though I've read many of them. Would add 'September' to the Pilcher list.

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