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About Bel-ami

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    Settling In
  • Birthday 12/11/1961

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    Sense and Sensibility
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    reading! walking, sport, nature, genealogy

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  1. Having read a few thrillers already this year, I thought I'd move onto some classic literature starting with Jane Austen - I've only read Pride & Prejudice and Emma previously - so I'm now mid-way through Sense & Sensibility. Thankfully I'm really enjoying it, like I did Pride & Prejudice. (Emma I just found a bit irritating).
  2. Has anyone ever had direct contact with any authors - aside from book signings, events etc? I'm sure most best selling authors are far too busy to reply to the numerous emails, letters etc. that they receive, but perhaps some lesser known ones take time out to correspond? Several years ago, I sent an email via her website to Suzette A. Hill, a British writer of cosy and amusing mysteries, I forget exactly why now, but I think it was a question about the future of her 'Bones' series and letting her know how much my mum had enjoyed her books. She took the time to send a lovely reply, personalised and detailed. She came across as a very nice lady and appreciative of her audience.
  3. The Secret Seven series for me - although I can't remember which ones. I don't know why I skipped the Famous Five! and Mr Twiddle.
  4. Your Top 10 Authors!

    Today it is.... HE Bates Guy de Maupassant JRR Tolkein Thomas Hardy George Eliot Kate Atkinson Balzac Victor Hugo Emile Zola Robert Harris
  5. Another mood reader here, and one book at a time - I've countless unread books on my shelves, but very often I'll browse them and not feel inspired, so will revert to the library or worse, have to make another purchase
  6. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Hello Chrissy - yes thank you! Just relocated some of my bookshelves and thought of how I hadn't visited the forum for a while - will try to be a more regular visitor! Hope all is well with you?
  7. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Light reading........ A hot English summer - When The Green Woods Laugh, HE Bates A summer holiday - A Breath of French Air, HE Bates Travelling (holiday) - Mr Finchley Discovers His England - Victor Canning
  8. Jackson Brodie

    Currently reading Case Histories - enjoying the style, the humour and the plot - full marks so far. Also I watched the BBC series long enough ago, for it not to cloud my image of Jackson too much.
  9. I watched the TV series 'back in the day' and have relatively recently started reading the books - have just finished the Spend Game. I can't helpful visualising Ian McShane as Lovejoy, albeit as a much rougher version than the TV version. Doling out a black eye to a lady isn't exactly the way to appeal to the modern reader, but that aside, I enjoy the books and will keep going through the list.
  10. Happy Birthday! Have a lovely day.

    1. Bel-ami


      Thank you! A very nice day meandering around Salisbury.

  11. Thank you for the birthday wishes - this year (and belatedly for last year!!!)

  12. my library fine

  13. Hello you!

    How are you? I rarely frequent the boards now its way to clique for me.

    Hope your ok xxx

  14. Belated happy birthday - I hope you had a good day. :)

  15. Happy Birthday. Hope you have a fab day.