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The World My Wilderness (Virago Modern Classics) by Rose Macaulay

The Romance of the Forest (World's Classics) by Ann Radcliffe

The Way We Live Now (Penguin Classics) by Anthony Trollope

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

The Wedding Group by Elizabeth Taylor

Mr. Britling Sees it Through by H G Wells

Our spoons came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns

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Member: Heaven-Ali

CollectionsYour library (855), ebooks (54), All collections (855)

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TagsVirago (150), VMC (119), English Classics (93), Persephone (72), (60), Trollope (27), Hardy (25), local authors (24), kindle books (21), Agatha Raisin (19) — see all tags

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About meHi I live in Birmingham, UK and am an active and very keen bookcrosser.

I love reading and adore books. I collect Agatha Christie 1st editions - although I can't afford the very rare ones -and they are cataloged here too.

About my libraryAll the books I put on Librarything will be books I see as my permanent collection - and so either not registered on bookcrossing or not up for swapping just yet. Therefore there will be far fewer books listed here than on but the ones here will be my most beloved and precious books.

GroupsBarbara Pym, BookCrossers, Iris Murdoch readers, Persephone Readers, Tattered but still lovely, Virago Modern Classics

Favorite authorsAnita Brookner, Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Fannie Flagg, Linda Gillard, Thomas Hardy, Alice Hoffman, Rohinton Mistry, Nancy Mitford, Barbara Pym, Anthony Trollope, Dorothy Whipple (Shared favorites)


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Real nameAli

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Member sinceJan 29, 2007

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Hi Ali,
That's great news! I'll be in touch shortly when we know more, but it looks like we will probably be meeting at the train station and taking it from there!
I'm a LTer who is most active over on the 75 Books Challenge Thread, where I know both gennyt (Genny) and souloftherose(Heather), whom I believe you know through the Virago group. Anyway, it has fallen to me to arrange an LT meet up in Birmingham, as it is now Genny's home patch. We are planning to meet on Saturday 20th of September, and would be delighted if you could join us! Plans of where we will go are sketchy at the moment - either to the new library in the centre, or more likely, somewhere in the suburbs where all the second hand bookshops are! But, if you would like to come, please simply message me and I will make sure you are kept in the loop about further plans.
Hannah (HanGerg)
Ah, you can't kid a kidder.
Beautiful profile photo Ali.
I mean Acceptance World not Attachment World of course!
Hi Ali - just noticed your reeviw of TAW as I'm about to write mine - her name is Jean not Janet.

"The Acceptance World - where we see the three original school friends back together for a brief moment, and Jenkins falls in love with Janet again."

Thank you!!!
Congratulations, Ali, on your 7th Thingaversary today!
Congratulations, Ali, on your 7th Thingaversary today!
Oh, I'm so glad ... done!
Excellent! Of course as I was mailing it off I read the blurb ... and now I think I'll read my copy this month!
Ali. Thank you so much for the The Rising Tide. It arrived this weekend in lovely condition :-)

Yes, it did. I'm about half-way through; it's quite easy to read in bits!
A Sea-Grape Tree arrived today - thanks for sending it so quickly. I wish I could get them read as quickly!

'The Sweet Dove...' arrived today, Ali. Thank you very much. I've only got two more novels and the autobiography to get now!
He...he, I KNEW you would get your book before Belva did!


PS. Hope you can steal some time to get to Stratford when I'm there is August.

Bawdin on the way! I mailed your book and a book to Belva. Let's see which gets there first!

I'll get it in the mail Monday!

Yay! So pleased it arrived on WB Day - enjoy!
The Storm Jameson is in the post. It went yesterday, probably second class, so might be with you tomorrow. Hope all the medicine makes you feel better soon.

Hi Ali,

I just saw your comment on Laura's blog where you mentioned you don't have a copy of Excellent Women. I have a spare Virago copy and wondered if you'd like me to send it to you?

Hello Ali,

I'm so happy you were pleased with your books. I really enjoyed searching your library and deciding what to choose. As I've said, the problem was what to leave out!

Wishing you all the best and a happy book-filled new year!

I'm glad it got there safely. I bought myself a copy of Ten Days of Christmas, on the strength of your review. It's an ex-library copy in very good condition but it's a large-print version (not mentioned in the seller's description) which is rather disconcerting!

Happy Christmas,
It's in the post, Ali. Hope it doesn't get lost in the Christmas rush!

You're welcome to have my copy, Ali. I read it and quite enjoyed it but I don't expect to read it again. Let me know your address and I'll get it in the post before Christmas.

Done! Thanks.
Great review of The Lighthouse by Alison Moore! Thumb up from me! I just read it not long ago. Really an intriguing book with a most ambiguous ending!


I just read your review of my favorite Persephone, Manja. I think that book started me on my 1930's kick. Beautiful review. I wrote one, too, with much the same praise for the book. It is somewhere among my Librarything reviews, but damned if I remember the date.

At least it looks as though the weather has improved in London...

Yay! So glad it arrived safely - enjoy!

Hi Ali,

Just a message to thank you again for the book and note - Elizabeth Taylor is so highly recommended here that I'm really looking forward to immersing myself in her work.

Thanks again!

Karen (kaggsy)
Hi, Ali!

A Wreath of Roses arrived this morning! Thank you so much!


I want to see the Hay haul so I can be pea green with envy! Are you going back to the Hay Festival in May? I just purused the guests, WOW! Expensive but worth it>

Ahhhhhhhhh Ali,
you are so welcome. I really liked that one though it is a bit different. But then
all Viragoes are. I hope you enjoy it.
Take your time with it Ali! Heaven knows when I'll read it myself. Thanks again.
I loved your last two reviews! I haven't read Miss Buncle Married yet but it's on my list. You're right though, the Persephone books are pretty pricey. They had a special in January that I took advantage of, three books for the price of two. Still, 50 USD for three paperbacks is quite a bit. I justify it to myself by thinking that I'm helping to support an independent publisher. Keep reviewing so I get some more ideas! Mary Ellen
I'm so glad you loved it!! I usually try to send several books to my secret santa (santee? You know what I mean!) including one from my own VMC collection but the last few months were crazy and my books were all packed up. So I'm happy that it was good. I found it in the library here just after we arrived home but haven't read it yet, but now I will hunt it out.
Oh, Ali, I am sorry that we won't be able to get together. For sure the next time I am in town when I will have a free weekend.
And, of course, you MUST get to the bookstores. They are all within easy walking distance from the train. Oxfam and British Heart Association are on Sheep Street, the Blue Cross store is opposite the Birthplace, and the great Sue Ryder store is just a block from the American Fountain and Market Square. Maybe you could do a Saturday trip sometime; not as large as hay, but a lot closer.

I'd consider June in Oxford, but the airfares this summer are unreal, what with the Jubilee and the Olympics. But in two years, maybe? We should charter a bus to take the Viragoites to Hay!


PS. How's the weather??
So great you've joined the Virago group, Ali - I think you'll enjoy the company.
Welcome dear friend!
What a lovely time I had with you! I'm sorry this messge is so late, but i forgot your name on the VMC board (just spotted a post of yours so can write!)

We must do it again some time when i am in Stratford. Oh. I went to Hay and had a wonderful time and got lots of books. Will post titles when I get home.


I just read your message in the Virago group and your LT name struck a chord. I started blogging in 2007 and your LiveJournal page was one of the first I followed (I was also on LJ at the time, but have since moved to WordPress). It's nice to see you here!

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