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The Land Of Green Ginger
The Land Of Green Ginger: A Virago Modern Classic | Winifred Holtby
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Joanna Burton was born in South Africa but sent by her missionary father to be raised in Yorkshire. There she dreams of the far-off lands she will visit and adventures to come. At eighteen, tall and flaxen-haired, she meets Teddy Leigh, a young man on his way to the trenches of the First World War. Joanna has been in love before - with Sir Walter Raleigh, with the Scarlet Pimpernel, with Coriolanus - but this is different. Teddy tells her he's been given the world to wear as a golden ball. Joanna believes him and marries him, but the fabled shores recede into the distance when, after the war, Teddy returns in ill health. The magic land turns out to be the harsh reality of motherhood and life on a Yorkshire farm. Yet still she dares to dream.
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Ooo, another surprise delivery from Book Depository and what a beauty! 💚💙

I‘ve been dying to read more Winifred Holtby after reading (and loving) The Crowded Street this year.

Who‘s the secret sender? 😄

TrishB Not me- but what a cover ❤️ 3mo
Tamra So pretty! 3mo
Hooked_on_books Wow, that cover is gorgeous! 😍 3mo
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Aimeesue Oooooh, that's lovely! Who's the publisher? 3mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Virago. Isn‘t it great? 3mo
MaureenMc 😍 3mo
ShelleyBooksie What a beautiful cover! 3mo
batsy That's from me, Leah! I'm glad it made it to you before the year ended. Happy New Year, friend ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy Oh, thank you so much! I took a quick peep at the first chapter and I‘m really looking forward to this one. Happy New Year to you, my friend. 😘😘 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! ❤️ I loved South Riding so much and have this and The Crowded Street on my TBR, too. 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy I have South Riding waiting on my shelves. 👏👏 3mo
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1. The Worst Witch
2. Artful by Ali Smith
3. (This week) Teddy Leigh from tagged book
4. The Princess Bride 😳 I love the film but I find the book intensely irritating and only a fraction as amusing
5. @TobeyTheScavengerMonk @elkeo

saresmoore I agree re: The Princess Bride. I found the book to be so convoluted! It‘s like it was begging to be pared down and made into a screenplay. 5y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore it was the repetition of the same narrative jokes (the brackets!) over and over and over... It wasn't funny the first time, it's certainly not funny on every other page 😬 5y
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A subtle, enraging story about a woman who marries young in spite of her dreams of travel and adventure. She lives hemmed in by a failing farm, a self-absorbed invalid husband and a small-minded rural mentality that is quick to sell scandal when a young Hungarian count takes up lodging on the farm. Deftly, deeply written. #ReadHarderChallenge2018 - A cover you hate and L for #litsyAtoZ

batsy I loved South Riding so definitely adding this to the TBR! 5y
Moray_Reads @batsy This is the North Riding where I'm originally from. Bits of it hit very close to home because my mum lived in a tiny Northern village when I was born. She was a young, single mother and they treated her appallingly so the gossip and petty-mindedness here infuriated me. Even though my mum's experience was 80 years later! 5y
batsy I'm sorry your mother had to endure that ❤️ I know people who will still react that way in 2018 and it will never stop being sickening and infuriating. 5y
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Moray_Reads @batsy Thanks, it's a long time ago but it's despicable that women are still treated this way. One of the reason I hate this cover is because it looks like some pretty, regency romance and it's definitely not! And the dress/parasol combo are so wrong for the time period/setting and subject. The Virago cover is much better 5y
batsy Yeah, it's definitely weird! The Virago covers for her books are lovely. 5y
LeahBergen What a stupid cover 🤔 5y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen Even the font is terrible! 5y
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The temerity of green stockings and levity!

TrishB I like her! 5y
Lindy 👍 5y
LeahBergen I love this. 5y
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Why can't every day be Sunday?

TommieMarie74 Yum!!! A lovely start to the day! 😊 5y
JazzFeathers Is that and almond rose? I haven't had one in ages. In fact, l hadn't had one since l left Dublin 14 years ago 😭 5y
Kalalalatja I feel you! I need more Sundays in my life 5y
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I nearly did not buy this book. I didn't expect to like it, but I did. It is one of those books that makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you think. It has a wonderful main character and the landscape is integral to the plot. Not an all time favourite, but highly recommended.

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