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Candle in Her Room (Armada S.) Paperback – Dec 1970


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; n.e. edition (Dec. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006903681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006903680
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,369,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Dowling on 11 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I remember this book very well from my childhood. I was gripped from the first paragraph. Set in Cornwall in the early years of the 20th century, the story centres on a young girl who finds a mysterious doll hidden in her room in a big remote house near the sea. The doll plays a very important part in the story, a tale of growing up and tangled relationships. It moves from the girl's childhood to her life as a young woman. I remember shivers up and down the spine in places, tears and just not being able to put the book down. Wonderful and haunting stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookshopwanderers on 21 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
My sister and I loved this story as young girls and I have just re-read it and still find it a well written & moving tale, well worth reading...
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I absolutely adored this book in my early teens. The malevolent presence of the wooden doll, Dido, never left me & the memory of her could still send shivers up my spine. Still, re-reading childhood favourites can sometimes be a let-down, as it's impossible to recapture that sense of reading through a child's eyes.

I needn't have worried. The sheer quality of the writing sets this book apart and makes it a classic. Admittedly, some of the language is a bit dated, but it reflects the period perfectly. Once, Dido's malign influence seemed to me to be the main focus of the story. Just like the Welsh landscape, the supernatural elements are tightly woven into the story, but the real story is about families. Across three generations, there are lies, manipulation and uneasy relationships - all dealt with here with incredible subtlety and a lack of sentimentality.

Still an incredibly rewarding read for young and old alike.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
One of my all time favorites 5 May 2000
By S Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first read this book in junior high, after which I read every Ruth M. Arthur book available. When Amazon opened its web-doors, it was one of the first out of print books I ordered.
This is a story of an English girl who must come to grips with the strange and twisted past of her ancient family. This mystery centers around a doll named Dido who seems to exert supernatural control over its owner. A truly delicious and delightful book.
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Unforgettable 22 Aug. 2003
By Louise Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first read this book nearly 30 years ago and can still remember it vividly. A wonderfully atmospheric book. I can't wait for my daughter to read it. I wish it were still in print.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Candle in her Room 13 Dec. 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I read A candle in her room when I was 11 (30 years ago). I was fascinated by the character especially Dilys. I have never forgotten what a wonderful book it was - it has a bit of everything, suspense, mystery, love, romance etc. I memorised the first and final lines of the book and can you believe - I still know them (even though I do not have a copy of the book - which i would so love to have and if anyone can help me, please do). Here goes: A suppose if we had not come to Prembrokeshire, Judith, Briony and i, this story would never have been written. There would have been no Dido....... And suddenly, i felt secure an happy with a happiness I had never expected to have known. A gentle glowing happiness which burnt in side me like a clear steady flame." How crazy is that - maybe I was touched by Dido all those years back and I'm still captivated!
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Such a Comfortable Book with creepy underlinings. 9 July 2007
By Gary Shelhimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just re-read this book, for the first time since I read it oh about 17 years ago. Even as an adult , I find myself moved by certain scenarios involved in the story. I had long forgotten how dear the character Liss was to me, and how menacing DIDO continued to be throughout the decades in this story. If you are an adult and into horror novels this is probably not one for you, but I think it is a great read for any student around 10 - 13 years of age, OR for anyone else who is looking for a quick comfortable read, portrayed delightfully by Ruth M Arthur. It is such a comfortable book, at times mysteriously creepy. Love it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Never before or since... 13 Oct. 2008
By Dayna L. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Never, before or since have I read a book which affected me the way this one did. I remember it in almost uncanny detail. I have read thousands of books since I first got a copy of A Candle In her Room, and still I don't think I have come across one that came close to meeting the impact this one little "weekly reader" book had. Thirty years later.. I don't know if I could even explain how it makes me feel.
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