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About meForty-something mum of two and obsessive reader, two facts which explain why my house is always a mess. I'm also on (whisper it) Goodreads. Wish I had found this site earlier - I'm fascinated by the statistical stuff, which members have read the same stuff as me, and what they thought about it.

About my libraryIn 2003 I set myself the target of reading all the adult novels in the BBC Big Read, a feat that took me 4 years to complete. This introduced me to a wide range of genres and books I would never otherwise have tried. Often the books I thought I would hate were the ones I enjoyed the most. Mainly I like books that make me laugh, cry or think. Hopeless at interpreting symbolism or anything deep and meaningful but always prepared to try. The best thing about sites like this is there's always a reviewer who can point out what I missed!

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Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, William Boyd, Ben Elton, Patrick Gale, Stephen King, Deborah Moggach, DBC Pierre, Herman Wouk (Shared favorites)

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Hello Jayne,

just wanted to say thanks for your lovely comment re: my review of Sophie Hannah's 'Lasting Damage'. I've read yours and can see that the ending wasn't to your taste; I'm afraid they're all like that! Even my patience was tested with her latest offering and I love her style. Agree with you about series numbers, too. Very annoying!

Emma
Hello Jayne,

Good luck with your German studies and hope you have an enjoyable trip.
Practical Russian Reader has been developed by Tamara Moreton as a teaching and learning tool and contains lots of vocabulary and grammar points to make it really useful for Intermendiate students.

TT
Hello Jayne,

I notice you have a copy of Easy Russian, which I also have.

Are you still studying Russian? If so, you might find Practical Russian Reader helpful. It is a new book of Russian short stories with helpful exercises.

Let me know what you think of it?

TT

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Practical-Russian-Reader-Vol-1-Intermediate/dp/147013979...
Oh Great! This is perfect. It is great that you are not a Russian expert. This is what's so good. Experts tend to be way too theoretical and too little on what "normal" people really want. An engaging and fun chat. We should definitely do our Lit-Chat. It is completely informal. And over tea! It's Time - yes - it is different in style and many other areas. It is an Artist's novel. A very original piece. It is coming out in English soon.
Hi Jayne
Glad all these publications are of use to you. Would love to see your Review of Easy Russian and It's Time. And if you'd like to meet for tea and literary discussion, let me know. I am always looking for guests with inspiration to come to our Lit-Chats.
Max
Hi Jayne
Yes, the other book is from this very inspiring modern romantics line. If anything, I think you might like Pavel Kostin even more judging by what you wrote another Kuzechkin's book. I will send you a copy and will also include my Easy Russian audio book CDs. These are not just language learning, there are bits of Chekhov, Pushkin and even Gagarin there as part of the cultural experience. Hope you like and will be very keen to hear your views.

If you have an e-mail address and would like to be included in news about latest releases, let me know.

Max
Hi Jayne

I am Andrei Kuzechkin's UK editor and I am writing to thank you for your wonderful review. I enjoyed reading your review as much as I enjoyed reading the book and preparing it for publication. As I read your review I could not stop myself thinking that only another writer could have created such beautiful review…

I am curious where you learned Russian? I also organise little lit-chat radio / pod cast meetings - there's a link to one here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3aA5l3Z6-w

This one is about Pavel Kostin's book, another young writer from Russia .

I'd love to meet with you at some point and have a lit-chat, if you feel like it. I can also arrange a copy of Pavel Kostin's book. If you liked Kuzechkin, I think you may find another inspiring story in Pavel's writing. His style is very different to Kuzechkin, but is just as fun and just as inspiring. Let me know

Regards
Max Bollinger
maxb@fractal-press.co.uk

Hi, JayneCharles! I haven't been here in a while (obviously). Too many forums! I just finished "The Silver Spoon", the middle book in the sequel to "The Forsyte Saga", "A Modern Comedy", involving the (seemingly) settled Fleur, her husband Michael, now an MP and her toe-to-toe spat with a "loose woman", Marjorie Ferrar, "Pet of the Panjoys", who is kicked out of Fleur's salon by SOAMES (he overhears Marge call his daughter a "snob"!).

My husband bought this for me (knowing my love of this weird family--the Forsytes--and anything else "period") and it's a first edition! I realized, only about 1/4 of the way into it, that I'd got the wrong book as being first (it's "The White Monkey", and "Swan Song" the last of the second "Trilogy"). If you want to see a good description of the three, go here:

http://www.librarything.com/work/278106

I don't agree that this installment is more "fun" than "The Forsyte Saga" proper, as I'm obsessed with Victorian life. I find it far more fascinating than the 1920's or 30's.

I'm not a big fan of the third Installment, "Maid in Waiting", involving a relative of Michael's, Dinny Charwell, who is just too good for words. I could barely follow it. So, as you rightly said, it's best to brush up on your "Forsyte history" before proceeding on!

I hope you'll forgive my not responding in such a long while--pls. write when you can!

You can call me "Lo" (MrsShiller's REAL name!)...
I liked your review of Galsworthy's "The Forsyte Saga" (I always feel I'm violating some essay-writing rules by not having the titles underlined!). It's very odd, innit (as my quite different, but no less brilliant hero, Russell Brand says), that Galsworthy could make sympathetic a boring, stick-in-the-mud bloke like Soames, who lies to get the woman he wants (saying if it doesn't work out, he will "let her (Irene) go"), then backs out on it, then rapes her (of course, in those days, it wasn't viewed as "rape", since she was his "property"!), then hounds her across 12 years, making her life miserable, then Jolyon's, his cousin's, and even eventually, his own daughter's...due to her love for Jolyon and Irene's son, Jon. Have you ever read the "sequel", (White Monkey, Silver Spoon and Swan Song), in which Fleur and Jon meet again, 6-7 yrs. later and in which all hell breaks loose? One wishes, like Soames' sister, Winifred, that "Monty was back"!
Hi Jayne.

Emotionally Weird is fantastic - it has me giggling cheerfully.

I will move Llanelli Train up my reading list and get round to it soon. I like to seek out books that are an unexpected pleasure and I like to find books from other countries too.

Thanks for the nice comments on our blog, I worked quite hard to make it enjoyable to read and we've had lots of positive comments on it. I can highly recommend a gap year. My partner, Anthony, did all the song lyrics - he has a much better memory than I do. It caused us lots of fun trying to think up something suitable.

Good wishes
Tifi
Hi. We seem to share lots of books, so I have been having a browse at what you enjoy reading; always a good way to broaden my choice of books. I am just starting Emotionally Weird, Kate Atkinson; I notice she is one of your favourites, I thought it might provide some light relief after the dark Polish thriller I have just finished.
Good wishes Tifi
Hi Jayne,

It appears that we are cut from the same cloth as far as our appetite for fabulous books is concerned. I'm also an English rose like yourself. I'm glad to meet a fellow Moggach fan and I love reading your reviews. You are an asset to this website!

Best,

Amy
I did spot the two i's but too late.
oldstick.
Hi Jayne,
I love reading your reviews, they are so insightful. You put into words what I know about what I have wriitten but can't express it. As for Flint - I can't get him out of my mind - he's going to have to be in the next book.
I'd love to advertise my stories as 'soap-like' because it was everyone says, but it looks like an insult. Actually, when I began to write novels I based my style on 'Neighbours' deliberately because I had been criticised by a publisher for being too long winded and including too much detail. I wanted something to happen on every page.
I fear you are right about people needing to know the characters to enjoy the story thoroughly.
That means I shall have to get more copies of Lane's End printed.That book may not have been commercial but it will always be special to me.
oldstick.
Maybe it's because you don't value people as much as you value books. If that's the case, I think we will get along just fine. xD
Hi Jayne,
The Third Lane has now been delivered and completes the trilogy. I thought your reviews so accurate I hope you can do the same for this one. It will not be published until 2011 but if I get a copy in the post to you before Christmas it will give me some idea of what a reader who knows the characters thinks. Then I'll show it to someone who hasn't read the others and find out if it can be enjoyed in isolation.I haven't got the cover to Amazon yet so there won't be any hurry.I have a computer course in November and they might help me to send photos.
oldstick.
Hi Jayne,
Just come back from a week in Crete. Great holiday, awful flights. Will contact you when I get organised. Thanks, oldstick.
Welcome to Librarything! I read your Dracula review and laughed. Just the phrase "old bean" made me laugh. You've got an interesting library.
I noticed your comments on the BBC Big Read. I had not heard of it prior and after reviewing I am intrigued by the list. I am interested in incorporating the list into some of my other reading. I agree with you on the statistics that LT provides. It is a great way to stay connected to other avid readers.
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