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ElaineR

ElaineR

Joined January 2020

Fan of literary fiction, nonfiction and regular Hay Festival attendee. Find me on goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7637597-elaine
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The Mirror and the Light | Hilary Mantel
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"Go forward, sir. It's the one direction God permits."

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The Mirror and the Light | Hilary Mantel
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Finally picked this up last night and already it's just glorious. If it continues like this Mantel will have excelled herself and I personally think "Bring Up the Bodies" was a masterpiece. About 50 pages into this beast and I'm already in love. I keep reading pages out to poor husband (always a good sign). It's endlessly quotable.

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The Truants | Kate Weinberg
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Sorry this was just deeply forgettable. The reviews promised a lot "it's mainly set in a university therefore it MUST be compared to Donna Tartt". Bleurgh. Not even close. That's not to say it's a bad book it's just, well it just is. I vaguely enjoyed parts of it, I actively disliked other parts but to be honest I'll have forgotten it tomorrow.

Chelsea.Poole I agree with your review. I have forgotten it...read it several months ago. 😒 2y
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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Happy #bloomsday all. RTE are doing a 30hour reading to celebrate but if that's a bit too much, how about just Molly Bloom's soliloquy to whet the appetite? https://youtu.be/ii_aZ6djNkM.

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Wonderful, challenging read. I've found Derrren Brown's writing an absolute joy to read in the past and this deep dive into stoicism is no different. In other hands this could be a dry read but it was an a complete pleasure from start to finish.

Look how happy it's made Bella 😂

Think this was my April #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks!

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The Truants | Kate Weinberg
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Starting my first novel in quite some time as seem to have been on a nonfiction kick. Looking forward to getting lost in something, hopefully! Very short chapters in this so should be s quick read as well.

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The Truants | Kate Weinberg
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New book alert. I'm very aware that "like Donna Tartt" reviews NEVER deliver but the Liane Moriarty, Agatha Christie refs helped sell this to me.

Note to reviewers, please, please stop saying every book set in a university is "like Donna Tartt". It's got to be one of the most commonly used comparisons and you know nothing comes close.

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Thanks @jenniferw88 for the #lockdownlowdown tag.
1. Cardiff, Wales
2. I haven't really finished anything but am in the middle of 2. Favourite so far would Happy by Derrren Brown
3. Not sure I have a preference. Maybe around 400-500 mark, but happy to go longer for non fiction or a really good read.
4. @Libby1

veritysalter Thank you for playing 📚♥️ 2y
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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This was rather wonderful. Natalie Haynes races through the whole of the Iliad as the truly wonderful Chris Riddell live draws it. Fair play to both, that was an absolute joy to watch. "A Thousand Ships" was already on the TBR (having really loved Pat Barker's "Silence of the Girls") but it's just jumped way up the list. #HayFestival

MallenNC I liked this session too! I haven‘t read her book yet but I want to do so. 2y
ElaineR @MallenNC I thoroughly enjoyed it. Natalie was just a pleasure and Chris Riddell's drawings I love anyway 2y
ElaineR @MallenNC sorry, pressed send too soon lol. Meant to add, really felt for Chris trying to keep up though! Can't have been easy. 2y
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MallenNC @ElaineR Yes! Thanks don‘t know how he kept up as well as he did. Especially at the end when she was rushing to finish. 2y
Lesanne Oooh, I just got Silence of the Girls and can‘t wait to read it. This sounds fabulous also! 2y
MinnieTimperley Loved this. Can't wait to read her book. 2y
ElaineR @Lesanne I really liked Silence of the Girls. Think this will be very different but hopefully just as good. 2y
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Catching up on some of yesterday's #HayFestival, including the truly remarkable poet and playwright Inua Ellams.

MallenNC I enjoyed this one too. I just watched his Barbershop Chronicles online last week. 2y
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Beautiful, drunk logic in action "I'm supposed to be on stage but I'm too drunk! I know, I'll go watch it instead". ?

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After yesterday's #Hayfestival talk I treated myself. Now here's hoping I can actually get some reading done.

Birdsong28 Have you heard his podcast on BBC Sounds app? It's called your Dead To Me. It's really good and interesting. 📚 📖 2y
ElaineR @Birdsong28 I haven't. Thanks, will definitely check it out. 2y
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First talk today "How to argue with a racist" by Adam Rutherford. #HayFestival

Libby1 I heard him speak in Belfast earlier this year. Brilliant. I‘ve been inspired to start this book today. 2y
ElaineR @Libby1 he's very good. I haven't read any of his stuff yet but I do have s couple on the shelves to read. Also fab to see someone from Belfast on here. I'm from Carrick (now live in Cardiff though). 2y
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Jon Sopel on Trump's Whitehouse at #HayFestival now. Saw him at hay last year (or was it 2 years ago) discussing his first book about the Trump campaign. Highly amusing.

squirrelbrain I seem to be having issues with all of these - they get stuck whether Zi watch them live or on catchup 😠. Our internet is a bit rubbish so it must be that. 2y
ElaineR Oh no, what a pain. Maybe it's this windy weather causing issues. 2y
Cuilin Anybody order Hay player? 2y
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ElaineR @Cuilin I have done previously but haven't got subscription at the min. I think if Lockdown goes on much longer I might though. I'm running out of podcasts to listen to! 2y
Cuilin @ElaineR I‘m seriously considering it! 2y
ElaineR @Cuilin there's definitely some good stuff on there. Have you signed up for any of this years stuff? 2y
Cuilin @ElaineR Yes. But having a hard time accessing. So not watched. That‘s why I‘m considering Hay player. Not sure it would work in the US. (edited) 2y
ElaineR @Cuilin oh no. I've been very lucky from the sounds of it. No real problems with any so far. 2y
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Just finished Rutger Bregman talking to Lily Cole about his book, Humankind. Really excellent talk. Well worth a watch and should be available on #HayFestival site for free. Sorry for terrible pic 😂

squirrelbrain Oh, I nearly signed up for this one but had too many others on the list. I may watch it later.... 2y
ElaineR @squirrelbrain the good thing about the virtual festival is no parallel sessions. It was always hard to pick 😂. Rutger was very impressive. He talks a lot of sense! Books been on my radar for a while but this cemented it. 2y
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First of today's #HayFestival talks, Greg Jenner talking about "Dead Famous" and the history of celebrity. One for the TBR I think!

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Watching Stephen Fry read from his new book "Troy", the third in his myths series, at the online #HayFestival.

While it's a shame the Hay Literary Festival couldn't go ahead as usual this year, it's wonderful that they've brought it online. Lots and lots of events over the next week, all free https://www.hayfestival.com/m-156-hay-digital-2020.aspx?skinid=1&currencysetting...

Eyelit So glad you‘re able to watch! I registered earlier this month and have had problems logging in all day 😕 2y
ElaineR @Eyelit oh no! That's annoying. There was a fair few sound glitches during the Fry one but had no problem with earlier ones today. Hopefully it will be better for you tomorrow. Also, looks like events will be available free for 24 hours before moving onto the Hay Player so you can catch what you missed. 2y
ElaineR @Eyelit you signed up for much? I went a bit mad lol 2y
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Eyelit I went hog wild and signed up for a lot! I‘m glad they‘ll be available for a while afterwards so I can catch up 🙂 2y
ElaineR @Eyelit that's the only way to do it. Not much else to do these days 🤪. Enjoy. 2y
Eyelit Ditto 😃 2y
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"There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you're on the wrong wall".

Very much enjoying this book so far and nice to be reading, albeit sporadically, again.

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The Mirror and the Light | Hilary Mantel
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This year's Hay literary festival has been cancelled but not to worry as they've taken it online & events are free! Lots of events from fiction (Hilary Mantel, Margaret Atwood to name a couple) to philosophy, politics, science and everything else. Well worth a look. I'll miss my annual visit to sit in the sun, read books & drink excellent beer but it's fab they've gone digital https://www.hayfestival.com #hayfestival

Pic from last year.

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The latest #Hayfestival podcast is with Hallie Rubenhold and they will be discussing "The Five". I really loved this book. Podcast should be very interesting https://open.spotify.com/episode/1BbuozrtufDgdARELmdqDo?si=yqyoROOYQ3Kx4LYJs66Rf...

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Hoping this can get me back into the flow of things. I think this may be April's #bookspin selection! I've heard mixed things, so let's see what it brings. That being said, I'm generally a fan of Derren Brown's writing so I've got my fingers crossed for this one

#nonfiction.

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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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Finally finished. Not the books fault obviously, just not in reading mode. Had forgotten quite how dark this gets! I may have to re-read a few more of Roald Dahl's books as an adult.

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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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Question, are you reading more or less in the current situation?

I'm really struggling with reading at the minute. Need to get my motivation back. I thought the solution may be to opt for something very light (hence Matilda) but I'm now thinking the opposite may be true and getting lost in a big epic read may be a better route.

MySharonaK It‘s much harder to concentrate. I read lighter stuff recently. 🌸 2y
TrishB Less! 2y
ElaineR @TrishB reassuring it's not just me Trish. Honestly think I've read about 50 pages in 4 weeks lol 2y
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ElaineR @MySharonaK reassuring to hear others are having the same issue. Oddly there seems to be no to me either. Days are flying by and by the time I get to bed I'm flat out lol (thank you Headspace). 2y
ElaineR @MySharonaK *time not to me (sorry can't edit on phone) 2y
TrishB Some days are ok, others are just surreal! 2y
MySharonaK @ElaineR yes I understand what you mean!! I agree with @TrishB that some days are just surreal 2y
MrT Reading more. On average 2 books a week now, when its usually 1 book every 10 days. Sitting out in the UK sunshine is helping. 2y
LibrarianRyan I‘m slower at the moment. I do so much reading at work that now that I‘m home I‘m finding it hard. 2y
Caroline2 I‘m defo reading less. With the kids here 24/7 I just have less time and I feel like I‘m reading slower or I‘m preferring to put a series on the TV in the evenings instead! 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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A few days late but Happy 95th Birthday to "The Great Gatsby". One of my all time faves. Nice little piece on it at https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2020/april/the-great-gatsby-fitzgerald-change...

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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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It's been many many years since I read this but it feels like it could be just the tonic needed at the minute.

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Mehso-so

Hmm. This just didn't click with me. To be fair to the book, I think in these odd times I've struggled to find the time or will to read so this likely suffered as a consequence. However, I also just didn't find it interesting. It's pleasantly written but it felt like there was little feeling behind the words.

#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Good review!! Is this your March or your April pick? 3y
ElaineR @TheAromaofBooks this was March 😀 3y
TheAromaofBooks I thought so, but then I thought - maybe she's a real go-getter and already has April done! 😂 3y
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St. Patrick's Day | Anne Rockwell
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Need cheering up? You could do a lot worse than checking out the #RTEVirtualParade on twitter. As the Dublin St Paddy's parade was cancelled, people are doing their own from home. It's truly glorious -
https://twitter.com/hashtag/RTEVirtualParade?src=hashtag_click&fbclid=IwAR3J4Qfd...

Happy St Patricks day all. Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit.

#KeepLitsyPositive

LoverOfLearning Happy St. Partick's Day!! 🍀 3y
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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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Two new #nonfiction reads for the lockdown

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The Mirror and the Light | Hilary Mantel
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Nice piece on The Conversation about The Mirror and the Light - https://theconversation.com/the-mirror-and-the-light-hilary-mantel-gets-as-close...

"Hilary Mantel gets as close to the real Thomas Cromwell as any historian?"

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Next up "Howard's End is on the Landing: a year of reading from home". I bought this book many many years ago in the hope it would help me get on top of my TBR. It's taken @TheAromaofBooks and #bookspin for me to actually pick it up ?. Here's hoping it has the desired effect.

I suppose it's also eerily timely considering we may soon be in lockdown ?.

Birdsong28 It is a good book. 📚📖 3y
TheAromaofBooks I've heard about this one several times, so I'll be interested to hear your thoughts!! 3y
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Wow! This book was wonderful.

Known as the "canonical five", this book explores the lives of Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane, victims of Jack the Ripper. While he has become a cult figure his victims have been touted as "mere prostitutes". This book sets to rectify that and tells each of their stories beautifully.

The research is immaculate and this is a truly fascinating social history of the lives of women in Victorian London.

Mitch My favourite book of 2019! 3y
squirrelbrain Looking forward to it! 3y
Birdsong28 @Mitch I second that! 📚 📖 3y
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ElaineR @Birdsong28 @mitch it was truly excellent. The research that has gone into it is amazing. I've downloaded one of the authors other books, "The Covent Garden Ladies", it's only 99p on kindle at the moment (in the UK). 3y
Birdsong28 @ElaineR Thanks for tip about the other book I will check it out. I went to see her speak about the book last year she was so good. 📚📖 3y
ElaineR @Birdsong28 it seemed to completely bypass me last year! Glad I've finally caught up. 3y
Birdsong28 @ElaineR It might have done but it might not have been the right time for you to read it last year, this was the right time for you. I found that with Daisy Jones and the six as it was everywhere last year but I read it this year after the hype and really enjoyed it. 3y
ElaineR @Birdsong28 what a lovely thought and you're right of course. Books will find you in their own time. I'm definitely not one to keep up with releases generally so books sort of work their way into my life every now and then. 3y
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Clearly wasn't abstemious in one regard now, was it Stride? 😂

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A bit late but sure...

"There are two versions of the events of 1887. One is very well known; the other is not."

#firstlinefridays #okitssaturday

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"At every turn there had been a hand reaching to pull her up from the abyss, but the counter-tug of addiction was more forceful, and the grip of shame just as strong."

Annie's story has broken my heart.

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"At times the coroner's inquest becomes a moral investigation of Polly Nichols herself, as if the hearing was in part to determine whether her behaviour warranted her fate."

This made me shudder.

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Despite my love of classics, I'm ashamed to admit that I was in my early 30s when I first read this & instantly regretted not doing so sooner.

Set in industrial England, this is a novel about conflict & rebellion. It's brimming with religious & social commentary that still holds.

Gaskell's writing is thoughtful & progressive, particularly around class & the role of women (Mrs Thornton may be one of best literary creations ever).

Read it!

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Thanks so much to @squirrelbrain for my first #litsymail. I love it! The postcard is exquisite and also ? but I love "Oi Frog" so the bookmark had me very excited. Needless to say, also very happy about the book. Thanks so much. There are few things nicer than surprises in the post.

#litsylove #thanks

squirrelbrain Glad it arrived and that you like it - hope you enjoy the book too! 😘 3y
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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen

Interesting piece in the TLS on Mansfield Park. Worth a reread soon I think. Note it does contain many spoilers if you haven't read it - https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/re-reading-mansfield-park-jane-austen-janet-t...

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BOSH! Healthy Vegan | Henry Firth, Ian Theasby
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New cookbook! If it's anything like the other Bosh cookbook I'll be very happy. The first one is a wonder.
#cookbook #food #vegan

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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“...a living ass is better than a dead lion“. Truth indeed from Elizabeth Gaskell.

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Has anyone else looked under the dust jacket of their new copy of the Mirror and the Light? It's beautiful! #soshiny #mantel

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Well it's not small...

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Fantastic sight. Hilary Mantel‘s The Mirror and the Light projected onto the Tower of London last night for the book launch. Pic blatantly stolen from Hay Festival page: https://www.facebook.com/hayfestival/photos/a.10151195713844777/1015817881761477....

Megabooks Wow!! 🤩 3y
TrishB Cool 😁👍🏻 3y
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The English language ladies and gentlemen. Ain't she fun ;-)

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Next up "The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper". This is a group read and very much looking forward to it.

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Pine | Francine Toon
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Very good supernatural thriller. Set in rural Scotland the remoteness of the setting is very well realised and makes the whole thing so much more unsettling. I had an inkling of how it might turn out but there was enough uncertainty to keep me going. Well worth a read.

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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"It is there - there, cowering and gibbering, with fixed ghastly eyes, in some corner of the chamber, listening to hear whether we dare to breathe of its presence to any one. And we dare not; poor cowards that we are!"

#quote #classics #nightmares

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Thanks @jenniferw88

1. Yes definitely, however it will take more than that to make me actually read it
2. Tagged. A group read book. Looking forward to it.
3. Mainly BBC, Guardian or Irish Times. To be honest though, things have been so grim lately I've all but switched off
4. Wake immediately. Generally awake long before it though.
5. Don't know many on here yet but a few nice people I've met/know @SheliRuss @Emilymdxn @veritysalter
#FriYayIntro

Emilymdxn Hey friend! Thanks for the tag, it‘s awesome I feel like I rarely get tagged in stuff 💖 are you in Ireland? That‘s cool I feel like I don‘t come across loads of Irish littens. I‘ll post mine and tag you in a min! 3y
ElaineR @Emilymdxn ah no problem. Happy to have someone to tag 😀. I'm from Ireland but in Wales now. So I'm an Irish/Welsh litten I guess. A terrifying mix of dragon and leprechaun lol. Where are you from? 3y
veritysalter Thank you @ElaineR I‘m looking forward to doing #lmpbc with you. The Five is an excellent book. ♥️ 3y
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Emilymdxn I‘m in England so not too far away! I studied Celtic at uni so have a lot of affection for the languages but never lived there, I mainly studied welsh but a wee bit of Irish 💖 I guess I‘m a lion or a red rose maybe? 3y
ElaineR @Emilymdxn that's amazing. You probably know more of it than me. I studied Irish for 5 years but I am just shocking at it. My brain just won't retain it lol. As for Welsh, I just can't get my tongue around it! My husband is Welsh, he like to entertain himself by making me attempt Welsh words 😋. 3y
ElaineR @veritysalter really looking forward to it 3y
ElaineR @Emilymdxn also hope you've avoided any flooding. It's been awful here in Wales. Mercifully unaffected personally but it must be just awful for those that are. It's been relentless. 3y
charl08 Such a great book! 3y
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Untitled | Unknown
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March #BookSpin options @thearomaofbooks. Looking forward to it. I may even try to fit #doublespin in but best not get ahead of myself 😉. Lots of #nonfiction in the mix.

TheAromaofBooks Great list!! Glad to have you along!! 3y
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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“His father had made the blunder of bringing him up in ignorance and taking it for innocence“ 🙌