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At Mrs Lippincote's
At Mrs Lippincote's | Elizabeth Taylor
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Mrs Lippincote's house, with its mahogany furniture and yellowing photographs, stands as a reminder of all the certainties that have vanished with the advent of war. Temporarily, this is home for Julia, who has joined her husband Roddy at the behest of the RAF. Although she can accept the pomposities of service life, Julia's honesty and sense of humour prevent her from taking her role as seriously as her husband, that leader of men, might wish; for Roddy, merely love cannot suffice - he needs homage as well as admiration. And Julia, while she may be a most unsatisfactory officer's wife, is certainly no hypocrite.
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Cathythoughts
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What a great selection of books , Thankyou everyone. I can‘t wait to do some reading with these ones going to the top of the TBR 😘😘😘😘 😘thanks again Jessie for tagged book. I‘m spoilt!
I gave myself the Roddy Doyle.

squirrelbrain I see three that I loved there… Love After Love, The Stone Angel and Paper Palace! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Birthday Cathy! 😍🥳❤️🎂 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks, that‘s good to hear! I‘m spoilt for choice 😁 2mo
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Cinfhen Lovely birthday stack 🥰 2mo
TrishB Perfect birthday pressies ❤️ 2mo
batsy Lovely birthday haul! Happy birthday, Cathy 📚🎂😘 2mo
andrew61 Happy birthday Cathy, enjoy your day. 2mo
Amiable Happy birthday! 🎉🎁🎂 2mo
quietjenn Happy birthday! I hope it's a lovely one.🎉🍰 2mo
youneverarrived What a lovely stack of books 😍 hope you‘re enjoying your day xx 2mo
MaureenMc Happy birthday! Hope your day is lovely! 💕 2mo
LeahBergen What a gloriously happy birthday stack!!! 📚❤️📚❤️📚 2mo
Tamra Happy Birthday Litsy friend! I wish you many 5⭐️ reads! 💕 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy Thankyou 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra Thanks friend 😘 2mo
kathedron Hope you had a lovely birthday, Cathy! There's a parcel from me on its way (unfortunately I was unable to post it to reach you in time). 2mo
Ruthiella Happy belated birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
Cathythoughts @kathedron Thanks Kate! That‘s very good of you 😘 1mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Thankyou my furrowed middle brow friend 👍😁 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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This lovely book has just come in the post … but I didn‘t order it 🤔I wonder who it was so I can say Thankyou.

LeahBergen Not me but it‘s so good! 💗 2mo
TrishB Not mine 😁 2mo
Tamra What a gorgeous cover! 😍 2mo
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Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I can‘t wait to read it 👍❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra It is a gorgeous cover ♥️ 2mo
Centique That is gorgeous! 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB No not yours .. we have your one stashed away in a press 😄 2mo
Cathythoughts @Centique It is 🥰 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s from me Cathy 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Oh Thankyou so much Jessie! Looks so good and I love the cover. Delighted ! 🥰. I hope my BD gift to you will arrive on time for your birthday too🤞😘🎂 2mo
BiblioLitten This picture screams Spring 🌻🌿💕 2mo
Cathythoughts @BiblioLitten Spring 🥰 I think we are ready for some Spring ! 2mo
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shawnmooney
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LeahBergen I didn‘t know you‘d started this! I thought it was great so here‘s hoping you like it, too 🤞🏻 3y
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saresmoore
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Pickpick

Just finished this delightfully sad little book—a slice of middle class domestic life in England during WWII—and now I want to read everything Elizabeth Taylor wrote. I loved her wit and related deeply with the main character, though each of the characters was intriguing in their own right. I didn‘t know what to expect from the story, but didn‘t much care, as I simply enjoyed being in it—the real, flawed beauty of human nature, quietly observed.

vivastory I love that you named your Kindle Acton Bell. #BrontesForever 3y
batsy Oof. Gorgeous review. 3y
saresmoore @batsy Her writing is so lovely. And this was her debut novel! I‘m deeply impressed. 3y
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saresmoore @vivastory I think I‘m developing a mild obsession. 3y
vivastory I stacked the ginormous biography you were discussing. Definitely intimidating, but seems completely worth it. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I noticed I‘ve stacked this already, must be from @LeahBergen or someone else‘s review. Will read it next year! 3y
Tamra Oh wow, I will need to try it! 3y
saresmoore @vivastory I‘m going to start it today! I‘ll be sure to post about it. 3y
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm It‘s lovely and a quick read, perfect if in the midst of many or dense reads. 3y
saresmoore @Tamra Yes, do! 3y
saresmoore @Tamra Ooh! Stacked. 3y
Suet624 Okay. Sold. 3y
saresmoore @Suet624 ♥️ I think you‘ll like the main character, too. 3y
Suet624 Kind of sad that I perked up when I read it was delightfully sad. 😂😂🤦🏻‍♀️ 3y
LeahBergen I just knew you‘d be a fan, too! 😘 3y
LauraBeth @Suet624 same! 😂 3y
saresmoore @Suet624 @LeahBergen @LauraBeth Birds of a feather! 🕊 3y
andrew61 I've only read Angel which i loved, i think ill try some more in 2019 as you have reminded me how much i liked her writing. 3y
saresmoore @andrew61 I certainly hope to read more from her in 2019, as well! 3y
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saresmoore
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Some fun #bookserendipity in my reading this morning. The characters had a whole discussion of Villette (my other current read)! I am loving both books.

tpixie What a fun coinky-dink!! 3y
ephemeralwaltz Fun!! I need to read Villete 😍 3y
britt_brooke I love when that happens! 3y
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Lindy I love it! 3y
emilyhaldi Glad you're loving Villette!! Can't wait for your full review. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Love it! I hope to read Villete next year! 🤞I am only good at tackling Classics chunksters when there‘s a buddy read, though. 😏 3y
batsy Yay! So glad you're loving Villette and I'm bumping this up; it sounds right up my spinsterish street ? @LeahBergen I love "his" observation of the two books, btw ☝? 3y
batsy Sorry @LeahBergen I tagged you here because of your comment on Sara's other post recommending this book! I'm in a bit of a muddle today 😅 3y
MaGoose I read Villette about 15 years ago. Just added it to my TBR list to read again. 3y
saresmoore @ephemeralwaltz It‘s really excellent. I‘m lost in it, at the moment (in the best way). 3y
saresmoore @emilyhaldi I‘m reluctant to read too much at once because I don‘t want to miss anything! Her character development continues to surprise me. I really don‘t know what to expect! 3y
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Well, I‘m sure we could drum up some Litsy interest! There are plenty of us who‘d give it a glowing recommendation, I think. 3y
saresmoore @MaGoose The reread value on all of the Brontë books is excellent, I‘ve found. So nice to be transported into them again. 3y
saresmoore @batsy Taylor‘s perspective is delightfully progressive. Coming to this on the heels of Fingersmith is fun, too. All the quiet feminism! 3y
LeahBergen These discussions in this book made me love it all the more! And don‘t worry, @batsy ... I‘m easily following your train of Litsy thought. 😂😂 3y
rubyslippersreads I need to read both of these. 3y
emilyhaldi Her character development is brilliant! I don‘t disagree with your urge to read bit by bit. But I will say, I binged the last 100 pages in one sitting and I think it made the ending THAT much more powerful.. bc I was so immersed in the story at that moment. But either way I‘m sure it will be impactful for you ❤️ 3y
saresmoore @emilyhaldi I might have just crossed into binge territory last night. I fell asleep, but I didn‘t want to put it down! 3y
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saresmoore
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“She tried not to behave like a spinster in a book. Her sense of humour saved her, she believed. She put up a good fight and fell into only the less obvious traps, but she bothered a little more about her dignity, and her position, than do the majority of married women, and betrayed herself by what Roddy called her ‘little ways‘, by which he meant the trivial comforts, consolations, cups of tea...

saresmoore “... and a general fussing which grows insidiously upon and characterizes those who have neither husband nor children to cherish and only themselves to put first.” 3y
LauraBeth I‘m a spinster in sheep‘s clothing 🐏 3y
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batsy Oh, I have to read this! 3y
saresmoore @batsy I think you will love it! 3y
Moray_Reads This is one of my favourite Taylors ❤️ 3y
Moray_Reads #spinsterlit is a excellent genre name 😂 3y
LeahBergen I loved this one!!! I‘m so glad you‘re on a “staying my friend” streak! 😆😆 3y
LeahBergen @batsy You must! 3y
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saresmoore
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Okay, @LeahBergen , here‘s another test of our friendship! Not to worry, though, so far I‘m enthralled by her writing.

vivastory This sounds amazing! 3y
saresmoore @vivastory I can‘t believe it took me so long to read her work! It‘s excellent. 3y
LeahBergen Whew!! 😆😆 3y
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catebutler
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This morning, I‘m sitting in a bustling café, sipping on an extra hot latte, and wearing a newly bought grey sweater (just in time for autumn). I‘m hoping to finish the book pictured above, so I can start on a fresh TBR stack. I wish each of you a happy September 1st, and if I could, I would send each of you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils... ✏️

AshleyHoss820 That would be the best present ever. I‘m glad I‘m not the only person totally ready for Fall! Great picture! 😊 4y
catebutler @AshleyHoss820 I always think of that line in the movie ‘You‘ve Got Mail‘, every time September rolls around. I hope you‘re having a great Saturday! 4y
AshleyHoss820 @catebutler 😄😄😄 I am indeed! It‘s Husker Football day in Nebraska, so that means friends, food, and football! 😄 I hope you‘re day is great too! 4y
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catebutler @AshleyHoss820 How fun! Definitely the season for all those activities! Enjoy!! 😊 4y
UwannaPublishme 🤗💕✏️✏️✏️ 4y
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

Set at the end of WWII somewhere in England, this debut novel looks at domestic life and the expectations on the women with respect to family and the home. Julia is a bored housewife who can‘t seem to live up to her duties of mother and wife and wishes for more independence. In contrast, Eleanor, her husband‘s cousin, longs for what Julia has. The novel deals with the tedium of everyday life and not much happens, making it a bit slow for me. 3⭐️

LazyDays Wow. I thought this cover was a cat. My brain was like no somethings wrong here!😆 4y
BarbaraBB I had high hopes for this one but now I‘m unstacking again! 4y
LeahBergen I loved it. 😆 4y
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LeahBergen
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Pickpick

A five star read for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Elizabeth Taylor‘s novels dwell upon “the quiet horror of domestic life” (as Valerie Martin so wonderfully states in her intro to this edition) and I can already tell I‘ll be back for more of it. Brilliant.

catebutler Reading this right now and absolutely loving it! 4y
merelybookish You had me at "quiet horror of domestic life"! 4y
batsy @merelybookish Yes, me too! Such a wonderful phrase. 4y
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Zelma I really need to add her to my TBR. 4y
LeahBergen @catebutler I was quite surprised how I was so immediately taken with it! 4y
LeahBergen @merelybookish @batsy I‘m going to mutter this phrase to myself whenever I‘m vacuuming. 😆 4y
LeahBergen @Zelma Most definitely! 👍🏻 4y
Moray_Reads I loved this one. It's my favourite Elizabeth Taylor so far 4y
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LeahBergen
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I believe I‘m going to like this kid. 🙂

readordierachel What a fabulous description! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm ❤️ the description. Heard so much about this author, finally stacking! 4y
TrishB Gorgeous 💕 4y
shawnmooney Ooh have you started it? 4y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Yes, and I‘m loving it! 4y
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LeahBergen
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Currently reading (and already in love!) 🍎

Redwritinghood I need to start this too. Just finished The Overstory, which took me awhile. 4y
saresmoore Aaaand restacked. 😊 4y
sisilia I loved this 😍 4y
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Read66
Pickpick

Loved this book about a family in the post World War II years. I got a real Jane Austen vibe in the storyline. Strong women learning to live in a changing world. Highly recommend it.

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sisilia
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At Mrs Lippincote's is a story set in 1945. We follow the Davenant family - RAF husband Roddy, his smart and outgoing wife Julia, bookworm son Oliver, and spinster cousin Eleanor settling in this rented house.

It took me a while to get used to her style as it reads more like scenes than a novel. I loved Taylor's sharp and witty delivery, & all the references to literature works. The characters are so relatable even to current era .. cont‘d👇🏻

sisilia My favorite character is the 7-year old Oliver. He is a bookworm as described here:
“Oliver Davenant did not merely read books. He snuffed them up, took breaths of them into his lungs, filled his eyes with the sight of the print and his head with the sound of words. Some emanation from the book itself poured into his bones, as if he were absorbing steady sunshine. The pages had personality”
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kspenmoll Love this quote! 4y
sisilia @kspenmoll That quote is us 😄 4y
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sisilia
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What could be better than an afternoon tea with a book?

laurieluna 'Bent their books backwards'?? That sounds like cracked spines to me! 😱😂 4y
sisilia @miralunasbooknook I think so, too 😅 4y
Amiable To answer your question: "Nothing could be better!" ? 4y
charl08 Sounds perfect. 4y
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sisilia
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Kaya butter bun + coffee + a book 👌🏻 before watching Tom Cruise running/fighting/doing crazy stunts in the latest MI

Tanisha_A Perfect! 4y
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sisilia
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@thetirelessreader recommended Elizabeth Taylor to me, and look at what I found at the library 😍 I start with the tagged book, which is her first novel

Lizpixie I‘ve just found her as well, I started collecting Virago Modern Classics & her View Of The Harbour is one of them. It‘s my favourite cover in the series. 4y
sisilia @Lizpixie Ooohh I‘m leaving that title for the #nyrbclassics edition, together with Angel and A Game of Hide and Seek 4y
Cinfhen Never heard of this author..I think actress 4y
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sisilia @Cinfhen At first I thought it was Elizabeth Taylor the actress, too ☺️ 4y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve not heard of this author till I joined Litsy. I think @LeahBergen has a lovely collection of her books, if I remember correctly :) 4y
sisilia @erzascarletbookgasm @leahbergen I just started and I‘m loving the slow-pace, and the old-fashioned English 4y
CarolynM Wondered about her books for a long time but never read any. Barbara Pym too. 4y
sisilia @CarolynM I‘m going to check out Barbara Pym 4y
LeahBergen I DO have several of her books! 😄 I just bought this one to join in on a year-long, chronological read of her works on Goodreads. @erzascarletbookgasm (edited) 4y
sisilia @LeahBergen Is it a buddy-read? 4y
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catebutler
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This morning we tried out a new brunch place (apparently everyone else in the city had the same idea). Mr. S and I agreed it was a bit chaotic so we‘d like to come back, but maybe during the week, when it‘s quieter. Now, we‘re settled on a comfy couch, with a local cheese plate and books propped open. I think we‘ve figured out an afternoon plan.

#brunch #weekendreading #elizabethtaylor #bookandfood

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EvieBee
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One of my favorite passages from this book! I was thinking about it again today. I have had countless meals in my imagination! #foodie

LeahBergen Okay. I need this one! (edited) 5y
EvieBee @LeahBergen it's so good! And it's a Virago Modern Classic. 5y
Lesliereads Mutton and gruel😂! 5y
EvieBee @Lesliereads Right?! I started to realize that all those tasty dishes in her novels were from the movie adaptations not the books! They could sure lay a spread. 😂 (edited) 5y
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EvieBee
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Pickpick

I so enjoyed this novel! What a thoroughly enjoyable time warp. Just the thing to continue the WWII nostalgia of Home Fires. Highly recommend! So funny but bitingly witty. #vmc ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #mayreads

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EvieBee
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This is a cookie/waffle deep fried with bacon bits on top. Do love my 🥓! Hello coronary. #bookndinner #vmc

Redwritinghood 😋 Did you make that yourself? OMG - want! 5y
JSW I never knew such things existed. 5y
LauraBeth 😋😋 5y
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Literaryunicorn 👏👏👏 5y
EvieBee @Redwritinghood I wish! 😀 ButI would love to try my hand at it. 5y
EvieBee @JSW Me either! 5y
Chachic Bacon! 🥓🥓🥓 5y
EvieBee @Chachic can't ever have enough! 5y
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EvieBee
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I've often felt this way! I can't sleep with a scary book in my room. #bookworm #vmc

ItsAnotherJen ❤❤❤ 5y
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Moray_Reads
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐½ Elizabeth Taylor (not that one!) is such an underrated author. Her flawed characters with all their frailties and their contentious relationships are always note perfect. Her books are sharply observed and acerbically funny, she writes my favourite twentieth-century social comedies and this is my favourite so far #TacklingTheTBR

ValerieAndBooks She is an author I keep meaning to try someday! 5y
Moray_Reads @ValerieAndBooks She really is excellent, I've enjoyed all the ones I've read but this is my new favourite 😊💜 5y
Libby1 She is excellent. 5y
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Moray_Reads
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"Necessarily". Roddy, you condescending, patriarchal little shit ??

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Moray_Reads
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Lovely, especially that last image 🌞📚

LeahBergen 💗💗 5y
Kalalalatja Great quote! 👌 5y
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