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Mailbox Monday: November 17, 2008


Just one book to report on this week:

The Brontes Went to Woolworths
, by Rachel Ferguson
 
This book came highly recommended by many fellow Virago collectors. For reasons I have yet to understand, it's considered quite collectible. I was lucky to have a dear friend snag it for me. Yea! Here's a description transcribed from the back cover:
"Lady Toddington said, "I saw the Brontes yesterday!... In Woolworths ... And Charlotte bought a hair-net. Mauve. Quite hideous, poor girl ... Emily had one of her difficult fits right in the middle of the haberdashery'"
The Carne girls - Deirdre, Katrine and Sheil - live with their mother and Sheil's governess. Deirdre is a journalist. She once declined a proposal of marriage, being in love with Sherlock Holmes at the time. Katrine is at Dramatic School, elocuting Shakespearian indecencies. They live like other middle-class London families before the First War, except that mealtimes are attended by a cloud of witnesses. There's Ironface the doll who converses in French ("Trrr-a! mes enfants!"); the pierrot Dion Saffyn; Pipson, a music-hall comic, and a ballet troupe, "The Kensington Palace Girls". And Judge Toddington, with his jam-tart yawn and small pomposities, is quite the most delectable thing. Then one day Deirdre goes to a charity bazaar, to be opened by none other than Lady Mildred, Toddy's real-life wife ... First published in 1931, this eccentric novel interlaces the reality and fantasy of the Carne household with an astringent, quirky humour.
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Comments

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firmlyrooted.blogspot.com
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Gautami's comments
I gotta read it!

http://readingandmorereading.blogspot.com/2008/11/mailbox-mondaysmusing-monday-17-nov.html
ext_119711
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Congratualtions on your snag!! I would love to hear how you like the book - it does sound interesting!

:) Wendi

Here's my Mailbox (http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com/2008/11/mailbox-monday_17.html)!
ext_127693
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
The language is intriguing. I'll have to watch for your review or comments after you've read it. My Monday Mailbox is up too.
bermudaonion.wordpress.com
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
What a funny title. I hope you enjoy it.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by the mailbox this week. Surprises from friends are just the best!
ext_124639
Nov. 22nd, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good read!

My Mailbox Monday post is here (http://shereadsandreads.blogspot.com/2008/11/mailbox-monday_17.html).
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