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In Pursuit of Spring ~ Edward Thomas redux

For anyone in need of a bit of escapism, maybe a nice journey in search of spring (with apologies to the Southern Hemisphere), this year I'm giving you advance warning that tomorrow is March 21st, the day that Edward Thomas set off In Pursuit of Spring, travelling from the London suburbs, through Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire towards the Somerset coast. The Vernal Equinox  for the Northern Hemisphere (should all these things have capitals...I like to think so)  is actually today, March 20th...
Tags: Books, London, Earth, Michelin, Wiltshire, Edward, Somerset, Country Life, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Edward Thomas, Dovegreyreader, Toller, Vernal Equinox, Surrey Hampshire


Pleasings...in a week when I think we'll need them.

Thank you for all those wonderful comments on my last scribble and doesn't the world work in such mysterious ways...that I had written and pre-scheduled those thoughts on Skybound and South Island on the very day that the world's heart and mind was taken there as of one, in solidarity with New Zealand and Christchurch. My feeling and real hope, and I have to be optimistic in the face of such carnage, is that perhaps this might just be a turning point. Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minist...
Tags: Books, UK, Rome, New Zealand, Luna, Pompeii, Belle Epoque, South Island, Country Life, Gareth, Robert Harris, Sansom, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Wilhemina, Jacinda Ardern


Skybound - a Journey in Flight ~ Rebecca Loncraine

'The loveliest places of allare those that look as ifthere's nothing thereto those still learning to look' 'Deserts for Instance' - Brian Turner (Elemental - Central Otago Poems) Choosing another book from the shelf of Journeys that I plan to do from my armchair this year, and 'learning to look' at new places is becoming a real treat. I'd no sooner travelled back in deep time searching for Doggerland with Julia Blackburn and Time Song than I decided I was ready for a bit of vast open sky a...
Tags: Books, Wales, Rebecca, New Zealand, South Island, Picador, Tony, Kaikoura, Southern Alps, Aoraki Mt Cook, Trisha, Brian Turner, Dovegreyreader, Offspringette, Otago Rail Trail, 2019


A Reading Gallimaufry

I've had some reading disappointments in recent weeks, books that have started well and lost my interest after about seventy pages, but plenty more that have keep me going to the last page and given me much to think about beyond. Here are three of them. Travelling in a Strange Land ~ David Park (Bloomsbury 165 pages) David Park has been on the edge of my reading radar for years, though never quite made it into the mix until now and this book.  Tom and Lorna's son Luke is studying at Sunderlan...
Tags: Books, England, Dublin, Tom, David Park, Luke, Enid, Sunderland University, Lorna, Dovegreyreader, 2019, Cynan Jones, Duke of Argyll, Gallimaufry, Neil Young Van Morrison, Eleanor Anstruther


The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

You may remember a while back that, having been invited to be a member of the Walter Scott Prize Academy, we all contributed to a list of suggestions for submissions for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The long list was revealed this week and a very exciting one it is too... Little by Edward Carey (Gallic Books) * A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey (Faber) * After The Party by Cressida Connolly (Viking) * Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail) * The Western Wind...
Tags: Books, Academy, Sally Magnusson, Dovegreyreader, Walter Scott Prize, Caryl Phillips, Robin Robertson, Walter Scott Prize Academy, Salaga, Ayesha Harruna Attah, The Walter Scott Prize, Edward Carey Gallic Books A Long Way From Home, Peter Carey Faber, Cressida Connolly Viking Washington Black, Esi Edugyan Serpent, Samantha Harvey Jonathan Cape


A Plodcast...

I was persuaded by my media savvy offspring to record a podcast. 'What for?' I said, 'no one has time to listen to me rabbiting on, and in any case how on earth do I do it?' Feeling like a luddite off I went on a walk up four fields to the woods on New Year's Eve with the dogs, just to see how it felt to walk and talk to myself, because if I was going to try this then perhaps it would mean I could take you all on a few of my favourite walks around the Tamar Valley. I'd call them 'plodcasts'...
Tags: Books, Devon, Country Life, Dovegreyreader, Tamar Valley, Plodcast


Now we are a teenager...

Thirteen years ago today I started writing dovegreyreader scribbles and whilst I think it’s a nice little something to celebrate, Magnus, as you can see, is very unimpressed.. Heading for four million hits on over 4500 scribbles (if each one is approx 1000 words...er...) all I can say is thank you for your continued support and donations, and for reading and commenting and chatting to each other in comments as you do, especially given that I was only going to do it for a week. We might be pro...
Tags: Books, Country Life, East Germany, Bedford, Newbury, Magnus, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Nina Willner, J L Carr, Tinker's Cott, Forty Autumns, Rachel Trethewey Georgiana Duchess


Lanny ~ Max Porter

I seem to recall I made some pronouncement (an observation rather than a criticism) somewhere back in 2016 about how much I struggled with this... Not with the book, though I was so slow to realise that Grief is the Thing With Feathers was a novel and not a memoir, that it took hearing Max Porter talk about the book at Port Eliot Festival for the penny to drop. I had an odd few days afterwards trying to square it all in my head...no it was the paperback cover that I had a bit of an issue wit...
Tags: Books, London, Dart, Shire, South West, Douglas, Ted Hughes, Charles Causley, Faber, Lanny, Dovegreyreader, 2019, Alice Oswald, Max Porter, Nan Shepherd, Lanny ~ Max Porter


Feed the birds...

  Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul'sThe little old bird woman comesIn her own special way to the people she callsCome, buy my bags full of crumbs Come feed the little birds, show them you careAnd you'll be glad if you doTheir young ones are hungryTheir nests are so bareAll it takes is tuppence from you   Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag"Feed the birds, " that's what she criesWhile overhead, her birds fill the skies...   Oh isn'...
Tags: Books, Michael, PAUL, Jane, Mary Poppins, Magnus, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound


And the winners are...

Thank you to everyone for all those wonderful comments on Last Train to Hilversum and for entering the prize draw. Bookhound and Magnus have just done the draw and here are the winners who have all been notified by email, so please check your inboxes if you think it might be you.... [Author: dovegreyreader]
Tags: Books, Hilversum, Magnus, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound


Prize Draw ~ Last Train to Hilversum - a journey in search of the magic of radio ~ Charlie Connelly

Magnus here and it's been a while chums, I hope you are all tickety-boo. I'm splendid and when I'm not viewing the world from my basket... I am feigning delight over the new wheelbarrow... What on earth is so exciting about it? But listen chums, I come bearing gifts. My thanks to Bloomsbury for sharing the love here with six copies of Last Train to Hilversum - A journey in search of the magic of radio by Charlie Connelly for you, and these can go worldwide, so please do add a comment to t...
Tags: Books, Hilversum, Magnus, Bloomsbury, Dovegreyreader, Charlie Connelly


Last Train to Hilversum - A journey in search of the magic of radio ~ Charlie Connelly

The minute I heard about this book I knew I had to read it, and I am very grateful to Bloomsbury for sending along a copy of Last Train to Hilversum - A journey in search of the magic of radio by  Charlie Connelly pronto to assuage the need. It was the word 'Hilversum' that did it, twanging a chord that echoed back into the deepest early memories of my childhood. We were definitely a radio family, the image of the enormous brown box so ingrained in my mind that I had no trouble locating it onli...
Tags: Books, London, Bbc, Oxford, ANN, Carol Ann Duffy, Nancy, Carlisle, Judy, Christine, Hilversum, Que Sera, Midlands, Sheila, Radio Luxembourg, James Alexander Gordon


Couch (Potato) to 5K (Paula Radcliffe) update.

I don’t want to shout too loud because I’m not at the end yet, but for anyone who might be missing the copious updates on social media and elsewhere, you ALL need to know that I am now into week eight of nine of Couch to 5k. This the NHS app that talks you from running for a minute and thinking you’re going to die, should never have started this and ha ha if anyone thinks you could possibly EVER run for thirty minutes, to being declared a RUNNER at the end of Week Six.  WEEK SIX??? I’m sorry f...
Tags: Books, NHS, Blackpool, Paula Radcliffe, Country Life, Mike, Dovegreyreader


Sea Room ~ Adam Nicolson

'I have stolen some of the light which drenches you this midnight  to wish you all the islands in the world and every one a different kind of peace." These lines from Northern Lights by Jo Shapcott have been among my most treasured poetry quotes since the day I first read them and which I'd written on the flyleaf of Sea Room by Adam Nicolson. I've used the words so many times in so many books about islands, jotted them in notebooks, sent them as a sort of blessing to friends. I'm not sure w...
Tags: Books, Nigel, Journeys, Islands, Tom, Lewis, Orkney, Nigel Nicolson, Robinson Crusoe, Adam, Outer Hebrides, Adam Nicolson, Vita Sackville West, Nicolsons, Rousseau, Dovegreyreader


A Garden From a Hundred Packets of Seed ~ James Fenton

I'm sitting here at my desk staring out at this... B The greenhouse swaddled and bandaged up in a valiant attempt to protect it from Storm Erik and any more Big Freezes, us having been a little too late to defend against the ravages of Storm Whatever-The-Last-One-Was. The door shunted ajar and the gale took out several of the back windows, now repaired. It's not so much the repairing, nuisance though it is, it's more the equation of number of pieces of glass x distance travelled across the gra...
Tags: Books, The Garden, Erik, Country Life, Ben, Lesley, Cosmos, James Fenton, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Tamar Valley, Black Peony, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Peter Nyssen, Tinker's Cott, Ben Ranyard


Munich ~ Robert Harris

When the Gamekeeper broke his leg back-along, and was eventually whisked off to the operating theatre for some running repairs requiring the contents of the Screwfix catalogue, I nipped into Plymouth for a book browse...as you do whilst under duress. I chose a couple of what I would call Easy Readers, which is not to demean the quality, but I reckoned I needed page turners, and one of them was Munich, the other was Force of Nature by Jane Harper. As it happens, what followed, in terms of support...
Tags: Europe, Books, Greece, Munich, Pope, Hitler, Plymouth, Neville Chamberlain, Churchill, Pompeii, Chamberlain, Hartmann, Czechoslovakia, Robert Harris, Dovegreyreader, 2019


We need to talk about... Journals

...journals / diaries, I'm not sure when one word became more fashionable than the other, and now there's something called 'bullet journaling' which is very big business. I'm envious of those who sketch each day or event (and here are some brilliant ones on Instagram) or create beautifully artistic entries. It isn't quite what I strive or have the time for, though I have now succumbed to the joys of washi tape for a bit of added interest. But hold on, I'm feeling a bit smug because 2018 was the...
Tags: Books, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Country Life, Mariella, Robert Macfarlane, Jonathan Strange, Dovegreyreader, Norrell, We need to talk about, Newbooksmag, Mary Oliver RIP Mary, Reading Journal Details


Before Wallis - Edward VIII's Other Women ~ Rachel Trethewey

First things first, I must now confess to a complete blank on the lineage of the House of Windsor. What a disgrace. Well, the early days of the House of Windsor that is, created in 1917 to break with any prior associations with Germany... but who exactly were the brothers and sisters, the children of King George V and Queen Mary? I've sorted it out now but I can't believe I had never really paid attention and understood the place of Dukes of Gloucester and Kent in the grand Windsor scheme o...
Tags: Books, France, Germany, David, Royals, John, Birmingham, Jeremy, Kent, Duke, Gloucester, Edward, Wallis, Rosemary, Sutherland, Dudley


Reckless Daughter - A Portrait of Joni Mitchell ~ David Yaffe

My love for all things Joni has been well-documented on here down the years so I couldn't think how on earth I had missed Reckless Daughter - A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe, published in October 2017,  And then I knew exactly how, because I had been here with my lovely and completely un-reckless but very adventurous daughter... I had spent October 2017 in New Zealand with Offspringette, and missed all the articles and publicity. By the time I arrived home it was all about Philip ...
Tags: Books, Jack Nicholson, Bob Dylan, New Zealand, Warren, Warren Beatty, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Jack, Joni Mitchell, Philip Pullman, Leonard Cohen, Bryan Adams, Joan Baez, Carly, BBC Radio


Journeys...

Thank you for all the kind and encouraging comments about the Tinker's Cott / dovegreyretreats endeavour...we already have some bookings which is very exciting, and we are really looking forward to our season. Included in any visit is some time to chat about books (and quilts) with me should anyone want to do so (and so far it seems they would like that) and as a separate venture I am hoping to offer a few 'dovegreydays' for small groups in the future. I envisage a day spent in and around che...
Tags: Books, Britain, New Zealand, Moscow, John Peel, Radio Caroline, Journeys, Warsaw, Horatio Clare, Robert, Douglas Adams, Connelly, Hilversum, Jean, Rachel Carson, Horatio


Normal People ~ Sally Rooney

I'll be honest and say that I was all set not to like this book.... Don't ask me to explain it beyond the hype, the wall-to-wall adulation everywhere, the 'new voice for the millenials' tag lines (which frankly made me feel a bit ancient and out of touch) and the fact that my Reading Friend and I had set against it from the off. In her defence I have to say Sally Rooney always sounds slightly bemused by it all when interviewed, maybe even faintly uncomfortable and embarrassed by what (to me) mu...
Tags: Books, Hilary Mantel, Marianne, Connell, Dovegreyreader, 2019, Sally Rooney, Marianne Sheridan, Connell Waldron


A Week in the Country?

Reading A Month in the Country and then watching the film a while back, and in particular the book jacket that could have been painted from our kitchen window, and then I mentioned that Bookhound and I wouldn't be travelling far this summer because we had projects nearer home, and it didn't go unnoticed by the observant audience that you are... Well, a month might be too long, but if you are planning A Week in the Country maybe think about coming to stay in Tinker's Cott this summer... Digging...
Tags: Books, Devon, William Morris, Launceston, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound, Tavistock, North Cornwall, Tamar Valley, Dartington, Dovegreyretreats, Cornwall Hotel Endsleigh, Combe Trenchard


Kings of the Yukon - An Alaskan River Journey ~ Adam Weymouth

I spent the last few weeks of 2018 paddling along the Yukon and the best thing was I didn't even know I wanted to go. Hadn't planned it in the diary, no travel insurance, no fretting about getting there. The canoe held up after a few  dicey moments over some rapids, and the grizzlies spared us. I've stopped off hither and yon and learned a lot about Alaska, a country that is the size of France, Germany, Italy and the British Isles combined (population 277 million) and yet is home to just 741,894...
Tags: Books, Atlantic, Alaska, North West, Pacific, Arctic Ocean, Michael, Michael Portillo, Mary, Isles, Anchorage, Adam, France Germany Italy, Dovegreyreader, 2019, William Fiennes


Once Upon a River ~ Diane Setterfield

I've had to delve a long way back in my reading journal to find out when I read Diane Setterfield's first novel The Thirteenth Tale. August 2006, the scribbles here would have been a mere five months in existence and now look...we're heading for teenage-dom and our thirteenth year this March. I always enjoy a look back over books read, The Thirteenth Tale preceded by The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moburg, The Girl From the Chartreuse by Pierre Peju and The Barracks by John McGahern, and followed by Ly...
Tags: Books, NHS, Sarah, Tamar, Joseph Roth, John McGahern, Dovegreyreader, 2019, Diane Setterfield, Vilhelm Moburg, Pierre Peju, Mark Salzman, Henry Daunt


Reading Journeys...

A lot of writers were kind enough to take me along with them on their journeys last year... It is by chance that I seem to have been on a journey each month (more or less) with these twelve amazing books. Links back to original scribbles with just my thoughts on paddling down the Yukon still to come... The Mighty Dead ~ Adam NicolsonIn Pursuit of Spring ~ Edward Thomas The Salt Path ~ Raynor Winn St Kilda - The Silent Islands ~ Alex Boyd Coasting ~ Jonathan Raban Swimming With Seals ~ Vi...
Tags: Books, Tibet, Wales, Hungary, 2018, New Zealand, Himalayas, Dublin, Journeys, Lake District, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dervla Murphy, Horatio Clare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Transylvania, Jonathan Raban


Reading gallimaufry.

A round-up of recent good reads which includes extracts from my reading journal notes... The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson When a group of volunteers gather in a 'haunted' house as part of an experiment there's bound to be trouble. Vulnerable Eleanor Vance, until recently full-time carer for her mother, the enigmatic but seemingly confident Theodora, Luke Sanderson, nephew of the owner described as a liar and a cheat and overseeing the project Dr Montague. Everyone gives a false an...
Tags: Books, Whipple, Thomas, Ted Hughes, Morgan, Val Mcdermid, Eleanor, Susan, Gwen, Emily, Bainbridge, Shirley Jackson, Hill House, Arras, Edward Thomas, Beryl


Couch to 50 yards...

It really was a mistake to whisper the words 'Couch to 5k' within earshot of Offspringette. Having added the Personal Trainer string to her bow whilst in New Zealand, she was on it in a flash and once I had downloaded the app there was no going back. In fairness I had been considering it for a while. Whilst I do a fair few summer miles up on Dartmoor, the regular winter miles are more elusive, and I could definitely feel the lack of fitness creeping up and the pounds creeping on...but running.....
Tags: Books, Nike, NHS, New Zealand, Coldplay, Chester, Country Life, Don, Laura, Michael Johnson, Gill, Betty, Ewell, Dovegreyreader, Offspringette, Viva La Vida


Ready....Steady...

Firstly here's wishing you all a belated but very happy and peaceful New Year; one that prospers where you need it too and is gentle where it needs to be too. I hope you have all had a restful mid-winter break too. We've had a splendid few family weeks covering Christmas, New Year and Bookhound's birthday, but now that Offspringette is flying home to New Zealand it's time to fire up the desktop, wake up the scribbles and get started on a new year of reading and other exciting projects. We bade ...
Tags: Books, US, Heathrow, New Zealand, Joni Mitchell, Anna Karenina, Joni, Dovegreyreader, Offspringette, Bookhound, Family and Friends, Robert Fagles, David Yaffe Offspringette, John Denver Peter Paul Mary Leaving


The day thou gavest...

...isn’t ended here yet either, but I’m nipping in to send good wishes your way and sharing my owl shelf in this year’s card department. We hosted our usual family Christmas breakfast with three ‘children’ under one roof for once, and it was the mayhem of the olden days. It’s the homemade crackers that do it. Same toys year after year, the wind-up clockwork reindeers, the whoopee cushion, the false teeth and everyone recognising their favourites. We’ve opened presents (there will be no short...
Tags: Books, New Zealand, Dovegreyreader


Wishing you all...

I thought I'd better get my Christmas good wishes to you all on here before the mayhem begins with Offspringette's arrival from New Zealand and the scribbles go to 'as and when'. I'll be popping in and out, and at some point on Christmas Day as usual (because I am always aware that not everyone has a houseful) just not in a very organised, scheduled, pre-written way, until January 8th-ish. I have some very exciting reading and other projects lined up for next year and can't wait to get started a...
Tags: Books, New Zealand, Dovegreyreader, Offspringette