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January 22, 2009

So I was having lunch with my friend the Competent Organiser today (not that I’m a lady who lunches, but a girl’s got to eat) and we got to talking about books, as you do, and our children’s reading habits – and we were thinking about the concept of comfort reading – and the books we return to again and again.  CO has lost count of the number of times she has read Gone with the Wind, whereas I have had multiple rereads of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion and The Lord of the Rings – that well-known combination.  We were also thinking about the relatively new concept of teen fiction.  It wasn’t really around in our day – you just had to make the leap from Ballet Shoes and Little Women, to the adult library, and we were reminiscing about the books that formed that bridge for us.  It took me a while to remember the name, but I have fond memories of Neville Shute – A Town Like Alice being the most famous.  You just don’t seem to see them around these days, which is rather a shame.

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  1. pictfamily permalink*
    May 7, 2010 8:45 pm

    Good news, Penguin has a classic edition of A Town Like Alice, I read it recently!

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