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November 20, 2018


Mary Lou Egan

Thanks for this update. I have the Beverly Nicholls book on my kindle, started it, and moved on. I keep thinking I'll get back to it. I just ready my very first Penelope Lively "How It All Began" and will look for more. I hope you had a nice quiet Thanksgiving.

Susan D

Thanks for all these.

I read Laura Shapiro's book this fall, and totally devoured the Barbara Pym segment. Twice (and skipped Eva Braun entirely.)

I realised I've neglected BP for far to long, and went straight to my mid-century, middlebrow bookshelves and pulled down Excellent Women, and then joined the BP facebook page. Such riches she offered.

Definitely time to settle into some cosy winter reading with her.


Well now, I never would have thought of him as Alexander Langlands! He has always been Alex to me, the man who puts poor Peter Ginn in bad clothing and dreadful jobs! I think I would enjoy that book.

Beverley Nicholls I remember from reading his articles in "Woman" or "Woman's Own" magazines and always wondered why he sounded like a woman in his writing. I must point out that I was not more than a child at the time!

Barbara Pym I discovered fairly recently and love everything of hers that I own and frequently re-read her.

The other authors I have not read but there is always the possibility!

Thanks for this post.

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