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About meJust finished my college studies at Ripon College Cuddesdon Oxford and was ordained a deacon at Christ Church Oxford on July 2nd at 6pm.
I wish to read more books than I have time for, am a francophile, speak french, love language, love music especially choral singing, have a son who lived in Recife Brazil, flew half way across the world to Dubai and back. Now married to the delightful Ana from Brazil and working in England. I have two delightful daughters, three grand children Aimee, George and Joshua, a house in la belle france, write with a parker 51 fountain pen, usually with purple ink, get every excited about learning ..... and sign up for reading challenges ....
About my libraryMy library has just been added to through the friendship and love of books in which this site delights.
I have received a Virago Secret Santa treasure trove from dear Christina all so beautifully gift wrapped.
Thank you dear Christina for such thoughtful gifts – you know my interests and reading so well and I was truly blessed!
Russell Braddon’s Nancy Wake: SOE’s greatest Heroine is set in France during WW11 and the dedication includes a sentence from the heroine herself. The Shutter of Snow by Emily Holmes Coleman is a novel written around post partum psychosis. Emily was of course a prominent American in the 1920s Parisian literary scene. Do I sense a French theme developing here!
Next up was a gently loved Virago – The Winged Horse by Pamela Frankau. And then there was a truly mouth - watering book which is not only a travel journal or a history book. A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor looks a delight. The author recounts his journeying through Europe reflecting upon some of Eirope’s oldest and most venerable monasteries …. and the gifts they give to modern life.
Following the travel theme I then unwrapped a beautiful edition of Forbidden Journey by Ella M Maillart So I will be off to Peking, Siam et al to places simply unknown in the 1930s all in the company of this amazing and courageous lady Ella Maiilart.
Finally and for my spare time in between reading these delicious books there was The Cooking of Southwest France by Paula Wolfert!
Christina dearest thank you so very much – you know me so well. What a joy and a pleasure is such friendship.
For the activity of the mind is life - Aristotle, The Metaphysics
2011 Best reads
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
Somewhere Towards The End by Diana Athill
Child of The Dark The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus - gift from Madeline
The Spare Room by Helen Garner - gift from Madeline
A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert - another Madeline gift!
Snowflake by Paul Gallico
South Riding by Winifred Holtby
Snowdrops by A D Miller
Coventry by Helen Humphreys
The Novel in A Viola by Natasha Solomons
War on The Margins by Libby Cone
Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
2010 Books Read
In the Vine Country by E.OE. Somerville
Now is the Time to Open Your Heart by Alice Walker
Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education by Jane Robinson
Station Life in New Zealand (Dodo Press) by Lady Mary Anne Barker
Resistance: A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France by Agnes Humbert
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
All The Things We Didn't Say by Sara Shepard
The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahami
The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
All That I Have by Laurent Joffrin
Violette Szabo The Life That I Have by Susan Ottaway
Most Secret by Nevil Shute
Landfall by Nevil Shute
The Face of War by Martha Gellhorn
The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
Love And War In The Pyrenees: A Story Of Courage, Fear And Hope, 1939-1944 by Rosemary Bailey
The Lassa Ward by Ross Donaldson
The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck
Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography by Amy Frykholm
My top five fiction books of 2009
The Deepening Stream by Dorothy Canfield
A Fine of Two Hundred Francs by Elsa Triolet
Not So Quiet - A Novel by Helen Z Smith
Lady of The Butterflies by Fiona Mountain
The Last of Summer by Kate O'Brien
My top five non fiction books of 2009
Women in The War Zone by Anne Powell
The Centre Cannot Hold : my journey through madness by Elyn R. Saks
Hit The Ground Kneeling by Stephen Cottrell
Margaret Storm Jameson A Life by Jennifer Birkett
Muriel Spark The Biography by Martin Stannard
My reading log is here where you will be very welcome.
Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 1010 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, 888 Challenge, 999 Challenge, Clarissa's Cottage, Club Read 2011, Club Read 2012, Early Reviewers, Girlybooks —show all groups, Group Reads - Literature, I prefer men to cauliflowers, Monthly Author Reads, Newbery Challenge, Orange January/July, Patrick White 100th Anniversary Challenge, Project 1929, Reading Globally, Virago Modern Classics, ViragoDiva Working Committee
Favorite authorsAnita Brookner, A. S. Byatt, Sebastian Faulks, Nadine Gordimer, Storm Jameson, C. S. Lewis, Michael Morpurgo, Alan Paton, Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)
Favorite bookstoresBlackwell's Oxford, The Invicta Bookshop closed down
Favorite librariesDidcot Library
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Real nameJuliette but everyone calls me Julie
LocationWokingham, Berkshire, England
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceFeb 22, 2007