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  • Birthday 05/30/1966

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  1. I saw that one in Harrogate in December - it was heavily advertised there. I'm currently reading Alice by Christina Henry. It's a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. It's much darker than I was expecting but I'm enjoying it.
  2. I'm planning to read this at some stage. Will you read the sequels?
  3. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is one of the 99p deals in the UK today. I'm tempted, but it's 852 pages long...! (I have never seen the film!) Edit - I was hoping to Whispersync it, but it's not on Audible!
  4. Audible - is it worth it?

    I hope you enjoy your membership, @bobblybear. The reading/listening thing does work - I was sceptical but now I find it really useful but I can see how it might not suit everyone.
  5. Audible - is it worth it?

    You can choose either - you're given the option to use your credit or to pay the reduced fee. I tend to use my monthly subscription for non-reduced books and pay the reduced price by card.
  6. I'm just over half way through The Walworth Beauty by Michèle Roberts. Two parallel narratives, one set in the Victorian era and one set 'now'. It's my first experience of this author but I'm really enjoying it. 🙂
  7. Audible - is it worth it?

    Yes, they still do a Daily Deal. I don't know if you have a Kindle, or if you like classics, but if you do, once you download the free Kindle edition, the price of the matching Audible version drops, so for example Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens is currently £40.39, but by downloading the free Kindle you would then get it for £2.99. They often do '2 for 1' offers, although the choices are limited. If you download the Audible app to a smart phone you can listen on that via Bluetooth or a wire (I don't have Bluetooth in my car, but I do have the facility to play it through the Aux setting on my car stereo). The app will remember where you are in the story between listening - and if you do have a Kindle, lots of them 'Whispersync' between devices, so if you stop reading the book on page 275, the next time you listen on Audible it will sync to that point. It is possible to buy a package that includes two (or more) books, but obviously that's more than £7.99 a month. If you have your free book, make sure you cancel the trial within the time allowed - they will then offer you two books (one each for the next two months) at the reduced price of £3.99 to try to convince you to stay. Personally I don't find them any more distracting than listening to the radio. Edit - I can see from your signature that you do have a Kindle!
  8. If you can face trying another, I think you'd enjoy Fingersmith. It has a similar feel to The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, which I think you liked (?) about it.
  9. I've read the first two books of Gerald Durrell's Corfu trilogy recently - I'd read My Family and Other Animals before, but Birds, Beasts and Relatives was new to me. I really enjoyed both of them! I have watched and enjoyed The Durrells on TV, but didn't know how close to the books it was and was pleasantly surprised to see that so many of the characters and incidents *are* in the books, albeit in a different chronological order! I have Garden of the Gods to read too - I will probably read that next but have stopped to read my Book Club book, which is The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris - I'm storming through it - it's a compelling read so far!
  10. I'm feeling very much better now, thanks. Thanks for asking
  11. It was great - it has stayed with me for a few weeks (which is a good sign as I seldom remember the plot for long!)
  12. One review I've read likens it to cross between Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I preferred it to the Waters' book, and Rebecca is one of my favourite books, but I'd say that's a fair comparison. It's certainly not what my understanding of the horror genre is, but I would describe it as chilling. I think you'd enjoy it. You'd be welcome to borrow my copy next time we meet up
  13. R Denham Publisher?

    I'm not sure we're the right place to help - we're a forum of book lovers, but as far as I know, none of us are experts in antiquarian books. Your best bet is to find a local antiquarian book shop - or an auction site - and start there. Good luck.
  14. Bobblybear's Book List - 2017

    Are you all caught up now? I'm so far behind with last year's reviews! I'm hoping to catch up eventually...
  15. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell The ‘blurb’ Some doors are locked for a reason... Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. For inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself.... After Elsie Bainbridge's husband Rupert leaves her widowed and pregnant shortly after their marriage she and her husband's cousin, Sarah, head to his ancestral home, The Bridge, for comfort. Their arrival is not as they had imagined – the mansion has been subject to many years of neglect, the staff are not very welcoming and the villagers are positively hostile, reusing to set foot anywhere near the estate. When Elsie and Sarah force open a locked room they discover some old wooden figures, one of which looks suspiciously like Elsie, and an old diary written by a relative of Rupert's, Anne Bainbridge, in 1635. The narrative of the book switches between Elsie's story in the 1860s and that of Anne's. What is the connection to these sinister wooden figures and have they unwittingly unleashed a dark force? I thought this was an impulse purchase when I picked it up on Waterstones recently, but then I discovered that I've had it on my Amazon Wish List since October last year when it was first released, so I think I must have seen it advertised somewhere (this often seems to happen!). The novel opens with the protagonist in a hospital in London – it soon becomes apparent that she is suffering from some kind of breakdown and the hospital is, in fact, an asylum. The majority of the action then moves to The Bridge and the two timeframes I've already mentioned, but with occasional references back to St Martin's hospital. I didn't find it scary but it was certainly haunting and atmospheric and I didn't want to put it down – I was frustrated not to have been able to read it quicker, but real life kept getting in the way! It was definitely bordering on a 5/5 and I'm already looking forward to her next book, The Corset which comes out in September (although I'll probably wait for the paperback to be published). The paperback edition is 384 pages long and is published by Raven Books. It was first published in 2017. The ISBN is 9781408888032. 4/5 (Great!) (Finished 28 April 2018)
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