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Barbara Pym Collection- 3 Books (Paperback) RRP 2&hellip
I have known about Barbara Pym for a long time, and knowing that she had created a very small, very English world in her novels I had somehow put off reading them because they were unlikely to illuminate anything very interesting or important in the world. Having now read the three titles in this set - chosen because it is such good value and if they failed to please me it would be no great loss - I am left with a feeling of regret that the pleasure of reading them is over!

Barbara Pym is certainly a latter day Jane Austen, but not as an imitator, or creator of pastiche. She has the same light touch, does not deal in 'guilt and misery', world events or complex dramas but… Read more
Jane Austen & Adlestrop: Her Other Family by Victoria Huxley
We were holidaying in the Cotswolds and I thought I would take a look at the places in the area known to Jane Austen. I have a particular interest in all things JA, and this little book looked likely to help me along. It is full of detailed information which is usually only briefly referred to in any biography, and I was amazed at how reading this book (and having it to hand while exploring locations) really put into focus how important were JA's visits to Adlestrop and its environs with regard to the creation of Mansfield Park in particular. This book is a little gem, well written and researched, with the curious ability to re-jig ones perspective of what may have influenced Jane Austen's… Read more
Pubs & Inns of England & Wales Special Places to S&hellip by Alastair Sawday
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, 21 Feb 2011
The Sawday Guides had somehow escaped my notice untill the owner of a very pleasing Pub/Inn that we have often enjoyed told me that they had been inspected with a view to an entry in the guide. She showed me her copy of 'Special Places Pubs and Inns of England and Wales' which impressed me. It is attractively set out, with good colour pictures that set the mood of each place. Sensible commentary and all the information you need before planning a visit is provided. Some of the entries were already known to me so I was able to judge how accurately they were covered, and could find nothing to disagree with. We have already tried the retaurants of two new to us venues from the guide, and have… Read more

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